Quarries on Australia’s eastern coast are being asked to remain vigilant after red imported fire ant nests were destroyed in South Murwillumbah.
Authorities had to eradicate five red imported fire ant nests over the past weekend with further checks, including detection dogs continuing on-site and around South Murwillumbah in the days following.
They are inspecting local high-risk premises linked to materials that red imported fire ants like to nest and travel in such as soil, mulch, quarry products, potted plants and baled materials.
The on-ground teams from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have also communicated with businesses within the 5km biosecurity control zone, advising them of their biosecurity obligations under the emergency order.
“I urge everyone in the local area to check their premises, yards and paddocks for the red imported fire ants and then reporting any suspected sighting immediately,” NSW Agriculture Minister Tara Moriarty said.
The NSW Government has announced its intention to continue its surveillance operation, including tracing, surveillance and educating local businesses and the community.
The government is working with businesses to facilitate low-risk businesses to get back to normal as soon as possible. At the same time, they assist high-risk companies in evaluating their premises and materials so they can also get permits to start moving, with a strong understanding of how to do activities safely and eliminate any risks.