Funding underway for Australia's Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Formerly the Invasive Animals CRC will be able to continue its coordinated national approach to the management of pests, such as wild dogs and feral rabbits, to protect the Australian $60 billion agriculture sector.
“The Nationals as part of a Coalition Government strongly believe in pest and weed management as a vital tool for boosting the productivity and profitability of Australia’s agricultural industries,” Minister Joyce said.
“The CISS will bring together cutting edge research and development, providing innovative solutions to make managing the land easier for our farmers, who bear an estimated $4 billion in livestock losses and weed management costs each year.
“The centre will build on the excellent work the Invasive Animals CRC undertook into rabbit biocontrol, that is helping to manage one of Australia’s most costly vertebrate pests. The rabbit biocontrol agent was released in March this year, the first time a new agent has been released in 20 years.
“The scale and complexity of the pest animal and weed problem needs a cooperative approach between governments, industry, business, universities and research agencies.
“If we are going to truly take on this national problem, we need to think big and think at a landscape scale.” ■