Tropical North Queensland and the Wet Tropics are particularly susceptible to biosecurity incursions—the tropical climate offers favourable growing conditions for exotic tropical plants and animals. Despite this there is little coordination to tackle major biosecurity issues at a ‘whole of Wet Tropics’ scale. There is a need for a strategic approach to improve surveillance networks and systems and coordination of response mechanisms for incursions into the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The Authority will:
The biosecurity taskforce will need to work closely with Commonwealth and State biosecurity agencies, and link to appropriate systems (e.g. national biosecurity system) to ensure there will be no duplication of roles and responsibilities.