Alarm as fire ants found only 5km from NSW border

The Invasive Species Council says it puts NSW at extreme risk of being invaded by the highly destructive pest species and are calling on Australia’s governments to urgently fast track funding for a ramped up and effective eradication program.

Fire ants could inflict severe damage on crops, agricultural workers, native animals and plants, tourism and public health. According to the Invasive Species Council, fire ants will devastate our native wildlife and cause billions of dollars in lost agricultural production every year.

Fire ants also pose a significant risk to Landcare with the potential loss of tens of thousands of hours of work that is done by Landcare volunteers and staff across the state.

Educate yourself about the risk and threat posed by fire ants and let our government know we need to do more to protect our communities, farmers, wild places and native animals.

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ALERT – NSW DPI has Issued an Emergency Order

>>> Fire ant emergency response

Informative Links

Fire Ant Map

National Fire Ant Eradication Program

Australian Government – The National RIFA Eradication Program

Fire Ants Plain English Guides  – Fire Ants Emergency Order
Current 22nd August 2023