Enhancing Local Government Biosecurity Capacity (ELGBC)

This project will provide regional governance support and capacity building assistance to the 4 eligible North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) and coordinate with the whole 9 member Councils. 

This project will continue the regional coordination, planning and capacity building work that has been making significant progress over the last 3-4 years in the region with a focus on the 4 eligible Councils of Doomadgee, Burke, Carpentaria and Etheridge Councils.

The NWQROC Regional Biosecurity Plan is well advanced, and this plan will assist in the implementation of the plan across all nine (9) Member Local Governments (LG). The development of this plan has further cemented the partnership between the NWQROC and Southern Gulf NRM (SGNRM) to deliver collaboratively on biosecurity activities within the region.

Working collaboratively, the NWQROC and SGNRM have developed a strong governance structure for Biosecurity matters within the region. This work has been completed over several years, further demonstrating the two groups commitment to biosecurity matters.

Resourcing for this project will go towards not only supporting the governance system, but also to establish weed and pest data collection, collation and data collection, collation and data sharing, resourcing capacity building with the ongoing functioning of the 4 Councils and coordinate the whole Gulf Catchments Pest Taskforce (GCPTF) and the Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG). The project will also provide a training and development component; improving alignment and communication of biosecurity operations across the 4 Councils and coordinate with the entire NWQROC region. 

This project will build capacity of LG’s through improved coordination, collaboration, increased communication, and mapping capacity. Engagement across the region will be strengthened, both within LG and with a range of key organisations e.g. SGNRM, Traditional Owner organisations, other state agencies such as TMR & QR, and industry sectors e.g. resources sector. 

Overall, the project aims to continue to position the 4 Councils (and coordinate with the whole region in a strategic direction to tackle biosecurity issues, by increasing landholder and community member education regarding weed and pest identification and management actions, improved communication between LG’s and their stakeholders; and capacity building activities for improved on ground action. 

Funded by the Queensland Government as part of the Enhancing Local Government Biosecurity Capacity Scheme.