Cape York Natural Resource Management (Cape York NRM), Cook Shire Council (CSC), Weipa Town Authority, Wujal Wujal, Hopevale, Lockhart, Mapoon, Napranum, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Councils and the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) have collaboratively developed this Regional Biosecurity Plan (the Plan) for Cape York Peninsula. The development of the Plan has been the culmination of extensive consultation with Cape York Peninsula communities, Traditional Owners and all levels of government.
The Plan’s development is in response to the significant risks to Cape York Peninsula’s economic, environmental, social and cultural assets posed by existing and potential weeds and pest animals from within and outside Australia, and in recognition that the most practical and effective way to manage a number of these risks is at the regional level through coordinated effort. It is acknowledged that biosecurity also includes pathogens and diseases but this Plan does not address these biosecurity issues.
Biosecurity (weeds and pest animals) issues do not exist in isolation from broader natural resource management considerations. Cape York NRM has progressed the development of a revised Cape York NRM Plan and Investment Strategy for the region. Through this process, this Regional Biosecurity Plan will be complementary to and supported by broader natural resource management goals and associated projects and activities.