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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Fines issued for electric ant breach

TWO people have been fined more than $1000 each for illegally moving soil from an electric ant restricted zone in Port Douglas.

The breaches involved individuals moving Electric Ant Carriers (Soil) without obtaining the necessary Biosecurity Instrument Permit, which poses a serious threat to the delicate ecosystem in the region.

The individuals have been issued with penalty infringement notices with a monetary penalty amounting to $1006.25 each, reflecting the seriousness of the offence and the need to deter any further violations of biosecurity protocols.

Two other individuals were issued with penalty infringement notices with no monetary penalty attached however, the actions were recorded in the system as compliance actions to ensure future adherence to biosecurity regulations.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said cooperation from all residents, businesses, and visitors is essential to ensure the success of electric ants eradication efforts.

“It is crucial to remember that everyone has a role to play in preserving the environment and safeguarding the delicate ecosystems that make Queensland such a beautiful and diverse place to live and visit,” Mr Furner said.

“The National Electric Ant Eradication Program acknowledges the importance of working closely with the community to protect the unique biodiversity of the region and mitigate the risks posed by invasive species like the electric ant.”

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