Southern Biosecurity Group is a subgroup of the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN) with the mandate to coordinate control of declared pest species in the Shire of Ravensthorpe. We first began operating in 2002 as the Ravensthorpe Declared Species Group. At that time, our role involved coordinating wild dog control in the shire. We achieved good control of wild dog numbers through a range of activities including dispersing of 1080 baits, trapping and shooting.
We believe declared pests can be better managed by a coordinated approach between community, industry and government.
This belief has led us to become a Recognised Biosecurity Group through the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). This means community funds raised through the Declared Pest Rate are matched dollar for dollar by government, enabling us to provide coordinated and targeted control of declared pests within the shire.
Key priorities for the group include the control of wild dogs, foxes, and rabbits as well as the eradication of drooping prickly pear. For more information on our current projects, please check out the projects tab.
Southern Biosecurity Group meets quarterly.
Following the introduction of the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), the funding landscape changed and groups were required to become financially self reliant. We believe declared pests can be better managed by a coordinated approach between community, industry and government. Community funds raised through a rating system known as the Declared Pest Rate would be matched dollar for dollar by government. This would provide the SBG certainty of ongoing funding to coordinate declared pest control within the shire. Under the BAM Act, eligibility to introduce a Declared Pest Rate required the group to gain recognition as a Recognised Biosecurity Group
In 2016 we applied to the Minister for Agriculture to become a Recognised Biosecurity Group. In March 2017 the Southern Biosecurity Group (SBG) received advice we had met the criteria for recognition.
The SBG is a subgroup of Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN) with the mandate to coordinate control of declared species in the Shire of Ravensthorpe.