WHAT WE DO
The Midlands Biosecurity Group aims to initiate, promote and foster the control of Declared Pests in the Midlands region. It will assist landowners and managers to adopt sound biosecurity practices and provide members with a forum to exchange information, advice and assistance.
By ensuring clear communication between all relevant stakeholders, the MBG will raise awareness of the issues and ensure a multi-faceted approach to pest control. This will include landholders, local government authorities, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and industry bodies.
The Midlands Biosecurity Group covers seven shires in the Midlands region being the Shires of Moora, Dandaragan, Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Irwin.
The group is exploring all options for future funding of the group’s operational plan, including the implementation of a Declared Pest Rate (DPR). Recognised Biosecurity Groups have the opportunity to implement a declare pest rate, which allows for local funds to be matched 1:1 with state government funding.
For more information on the Midlands Biosecurity Group's activities head to the Pest Control page.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The objects and purposes of the Midlands Biosecurity Group as described in the group’s constitution are to:
initiate, promote and foster the control of Declared Pests under section 165 of the BAM act in the Designated Area;
encourage landholders and other persons to adopt sound biosecurity practices throughout the Designated Area;
foster the sustainable development of the Designated Area;
encourage the control of pests other than Declared Pests in the Designated Area;
identify direct or indirect funding sources that can be made available for the development of the objects and purposes of the Association;
provide Members with a forum to exchange information, advice and assistance where appropriate; and
undertake any activity that the Board of Management shall from time to time determine to be in furtherance of the objects of the Association
The MBG was established in response to the growing concerns of local farmers about the impact of wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits on their farming operations and a lack of co-ordinated response to the issue. The Midlands Biosecurity Group was incorporated on the 19th of June, 2019 and has been engaging with the community over the last 6 months to raise awareness of the group.
Late in 2019, the group received Recognition from the Minister for Agriculture becoming the 15th Recognised Biosecurity Group in Western Australia.
The Midlands Biosecurity Group was formed with the administrative support of the West Midlands Group.
The West Midlands Group is a well-established grower group with a track record of managing project funding and reporting to funding bodies appropriately.
The West Midlands Group obtained funding from DPIRD to help establish the group and begin the effective management of wild dogs. In collaboration, the groups successfully applied for funding through the sheep and goat Industry Funding Scheme to boost wild dog operations that has been complemented by Federal Drought funding channelled through the Wild Dog action plan and support from Australian Wool Innovation.
On the 6th of December 2019, the MBG members elected the group's first Board of Management at its inaugural Annual General Meeting.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
The decision to form a Biosecurity Group was made in December 2018 by local farmers and industry due to concerns around increasing numbers of Wild Dogs and Feral Pigs. The Interim Board had farmer representatives from throughout the region and regular meetings have been held to start the RBG process and define the future objectives of the MBG. On the 6th of December 2019, the MBG members elected its Board of Management at its inaugural Annual General Meeting. The following local farmers were elected to the Board.
YOUR LOCAL PEST MANAGEMENT TECHNICIANS
The MBG has contracted three LPMTs or “doggers” who are currently working across land tenures, providing co-ordination between neighbours’ efforts to ensure that all control methods are strategic and impactful. The MBG will continue to contract LPMTs through various sources of funding.
Ph: 0438 337 642
Mingenew • Irwin • Three Springs • Carnamah
Ph: 0409 441 069
Dandaragan • Moora • Coorow
Ph: 0459 200 004
Gingin • Chittering Victoria Plains
Identified stakeholders of the Midlands Biosecurity Group include, but are not limited to:
Local Landholders in the Shires of Moora, Dandaragan Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Irwin.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (formally DAFWA)
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (formally DPAW)
Shire of Moora
Shire of Dandaragan
Shire of Coorow
Shire of Carnamah
Shire of Three Springs
Shire of Mingenew
Shire of Irwin
Adjacent Shires (Gingin, Chittering, Victoria Plains)
Australian Wool Innovation Limited
Meat and Livestock Australia
Livestock firms (Elders, Landmark, Primaries)
Adjacent Recognised Biosecurity Groups (Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association, Northern Biosecurity Group)