Movement controls for electric ants in Queensland
The Biosecurity Act 2014 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 place obligations on people to reduce the risk of spreading electric ants. If you live in Cairns or the surrounding regions, and your activities involve the movement of material that may harbour electric ant (electric ant carriers) you have a general biosecurity obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure that you do not spread electric ants.
The electric ant biosecurity zone is in place over areas of Far North Queensland that are infested with electric ant and restricts the movement of live electric ant and electric ant carriers. Movement controls in place within the biosecurity zone are designed to prevent electric ants from spreading, and are essential to the eradication effort.
Electric ant carriers
There are restrictions on the movement of materials (electric ant carriers) that can carry electric ants within the electric ant biosecurity zone. Electric ant carriers include, but are not limited to:
- potted plants
- cuttings from plants
- fruit from plants
- a thing that has come into contact with the ground (e.g. bee hives, pot plants, garden furniture)
- baled hay or straw
- composted materials
- animal manures
- material that is a product or by-product of mining or quarrying.
Before moving an electric ant carrier from a property within the electric ant biosecurity zone, you are required to request a biosecurity instrument permit.
Electric ant biosecurity zones
The following maps show the electric ant biosecurity zone - the areas where movement controls apply:
- Bentley Park (PDF, 355KB)
- Bingil Bay (PDF, 274KB)
- Brinsmead (PDF, 354KB)
- Cairns North (PDF, 460KB)
- Caravonica (PDF, 634KB)
- Craiglie (PDF, 280KB)
- Freshwater (PDF, 679KB)
- Kamerunga (PDF, 393KB)
- Kanimbla (PDF, 359KB)
- Kewarra Beach (PDF, 629KB)
- Kuranda (PDF, 1.6MB)
- Manoora (PDF, 558KB)
- Mooroobool (PDF, 378KB)
- Mowbray (PDF, 341KB)
- Port Douglas (PDF, 379KB)
- Portsmith (PDF, 272KB)
- Redlynch (PDF, 831KB)
- Smithfield (PDF, 1.0MB)
- Stratford (PDF, 538KB)
- Trinity Beach (PDF, 995KB)
- Whitfield (PDF, 356KB)
- Yorkeys Knob (PDF, 648KB).
Managing electric ant carriers
When moving electric ant carriers from a property in the biosecurity zone residents and businesses must comply with the relevant movement controls.
You must hold a biosecurity instrument permit, which allows you to move an electric ant carrier:
- between properties within the biosecurity zone
- from a property within the biosecurity zone to a property outside of the biosecurity zone.
A permit is not required if the electric ant carrier is moved to an approved waste facility listed in the following table.
|Waste facility name||Address|
|Bells Creek Waste Transfer Station||Off Bruce Highway|
Gordonvale Waste and Recycling Transfer Station
Lot 1 Bruce Highway
Kuranda Waste and Recycling Transfer Station
2186 Kennedy Highway
Medalfield Pty. Ltd. Waste Disposal and Reduction Services
78 Lower Freshwater Road
Mission Beach Waste Transfer Station
Northern Sands Pty. Ltd. Waste Disposal and Reduction Services
Lot 5 Captain Cook Highway
Pioneer North Queensland Pty. Ltd. and Barron Sand No. 1 Pty. Ltd.
Off Lake Placid Road
Portsmith Waste and Recycling Transfer Station
35–51 Lyons Street
|Smithfield Waste and Recycling Transfer Station||Lot 1 Dunne Road|