Bird pest policy and management in Queensland: Risk management or risk taking

Strategic pest animal management programs require the identification of issues, the coordination of responsibilities and the provision of resources. Bird pest policy and management in Queensland and Australia has not followed this approach. Exotic bird pest management has suffered from a lack of coordination, an indecisive national government position and reluctance and lack of capacity to accept responsibility for action. This has resulted in a situation where most pest bird issues are poorly addressed and new threats ignored. The overlap of issues and confusion concerning native and exotic bird species has further complicated the issue.

There is now recognition in Queensland that bird pest management must be better addressed and a program, coordinated across a range of departments, is being trialled. This program is in its infancy and its success will require the resolution of a number of issues including: how the state will deal with the keeping of many exotic bird species, developing capacity and responsibility for the eradication of recently naturalised species and the management of widespread exotic species being left to under resourced local governments.

Author Thompson, J. and Walton, C.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution QLD Department of Natural Resources & Mines
Pages 208-211
Region QLD
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