After the prolonged drought and the major flooding event associated with the Monsoon Trough 2019, combined with large-scale fodder programs with hay of uncertain provenance, there was an identified risk of the rapid spread of existing weed species.
The DRFA program has the main objective of reducing the proliferation and spread of existing or new weeds in the Southern Gulf project area. There are 20 sub-programs spanning 2019 to 2021 involving seven weeds – bellyache bush, rubber vine, coral cactus and prickly pear, mesquite, parkinsonia, parthenium, chinee apple and athel pine – as well as feral pig baiting and wild dog trapping projects. Prickly acacia projects are funded under a separate program.
This project is funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) Weeds and Pest Management Program through the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.