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Weeds: The end is nigh

Area Management Plan Approved

Recent approval of our Area Management Plan (AMP) by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines means landholders will have more freedom and less paperwork when it comes to control crippling weed infestations.

The approved AMP sets out the conditions for landholders to follow in conducting their weed control activities which includes an approved DCQ 5 year weed plan. By following the conditions set out in the AMP, and notifying the Department, the landholder will not require further clearing permits under the Vegetation Management Act when conducting their weed control activities.

What is an AMP?

In the past, property maintenance tasks such as weed control attracted a stack of laborious paperwork. We have developed the AMP to allow for streamlined native vegetation clearing for weed control. It will be in effect for 10 years, providing greater certainty than traditional 5 year clearing permits.

Landholders who want to activate this AMP need to develop a 5 year weed plan in conjunction with DCQ and then notify the Department of Natural Resources and Mines quoting the DCQ weed plan reference number. The landholder is then able to begin clearing in accordance with the conditions of the AMP.

What area is covered by the AMP?

There are two stages. The first stage will apply within the local government areas of Flinders, Winton, Richmond, McKinlay. Longreach, Barcaldine (part), Boulia, Blackall-Tambo (part), Barcoo and Cloncurry. This stage will run until 30th June 2017.

The second stage includes the local government areas of Mt Isa, Diamantina, Murweh, Quilpie, Paroo and Bulloo. This stage will occur from mid 2017 until mid 2022. Note that only parts of the local government areas of Blackall-Tambo and Barcaldine are included.
What weed species are covered?
The AMP focuses on four key weed species within the area. This includes clearing native vegetation associated with the following weed infestations:

  • prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica);
  • mesquite (Prosopis spp.);
  • parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata); and
  • rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora).

Want to know more?

One of the requirements of the AMP is that clearing can only occur if you have a DCQ 5 year weed plan in place, so give us a call today to find out how it could benefit you. More information on AMPs can be found here.





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Gidgee Control Area Management Plan Information - Under the heading "Existing AMPs" are the "Desert Channels AMP" and "Desert Channels map" links. Also on this page is the link to the notification form (for clearing) under the heading "How do landholders or organisations clear under an approved AMP?"

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