Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has officially announced $20 million dollars of Australian Government funding towards a new invasive species research centre, called the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
The new research centre will build on the success of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre’s (IA CRC) decade long track record of providing solutions to some of Australia’s most challenging and complex national problems, and continue to maintain strong collaborations between the Australian and state and territory governments’, industry and research agencies.
Helen Cathles, Chair of Invasive Animals Limited said that these are extremely exciting times as we take the best of our work forward and I welcome the Government’s announcement and applaud the Minister’s passion to tackle this important national problem.
“Over the past decade, we have seen some audacious goals achieved in invasive animal management and have laid some great foundations to minimise the impacts of invasive species on the prosperity, health and sustainability of communities and environments in Australia and progressively internationally.
“Just over the past twelve months, research investment has seen new pest control tools hit the farm gate, there was the first new complementary feral predator toxin in 50 years being available, and then a new strain of rabbit calicivirus was released nationally with community involvement at over 550 sites around Australia. This will have huge benefits for all Australians and our economy.
“Along with new tools, our innovative research and extension programs have seen new and easy to access digital tools launched to assist land managers with monitoring pest animals on their land, and enhance education and knowledge on best practice pest animal management.
“Such outcomes are achieved through strong collaboration and innovation through our network of industry, government and research partners.
“Our strong, proven collaborative national and emerging international leadership in invasive species is needed into the future, to maintain the solutions momentum established by the IA CRC.
“This is a very exciting time in land management and the Government’s investment will see benefits for all Australians, the environment and to agricultural productivity,” Ms Cathles said.
The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions will be dedicated to creating innovative solutions for tackling our billion-dollar pest animal and weed problem and will benefit all Australians.
The new centre will begin on July 1, 2017 and more information about the centre’s current progress can be found at www.invasives.com.au