Declared Pest Rate

Encouraging community consultation to broaden stakeholder awareness

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 allows a declared pest rate to be raised to manage priority declared pests. The CWBA applied for its first Declared Pest Rate to be implemented across the region in 2017-2018.

The 2023-2024 CWBA Declared Pest Rate is:

0.0436 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of freehold land in the local government districts of Dalwallinu, Koorda, Morawa and Perenjori, that is no less than 100 hectares in area with a minimum rates payable amount of $83.

The Declared Pest Rate will be matched dollar for dollar by the Government and funds can only be spent within our area of operation. This year, 14 biosecurity groups will have a rate applied to their area of operation, with approx. 22,000 landholders being issued a rate invoice.

Important Notice: Proposed Increase in Declared Pest Rate

The CWBA is committed to safeguarding our region’s environment, agriculture, and communities from the threats posed by declared pests. To continue our mission effectively and implement the Operational Plan for 2024/25, we have found it necessary to propose a modest increase in the Declared Pest Rate by 4.9%. We value your input and are seeking feedback from our stakeholders on this proposed change.

Why the Increase?

  1. Sufficient Funds for Effective Pest Management: Declared pests pose a significant risk to our environment and agricultural industries. By increasing the Declared Pest Rate, we ensure there are sufficient funds, in the current economic environment of increasing costs to support our existing control programs. This helps us maintain a proactive stance against pest incursions, protecting our local ecosystems and agricultural livelihoods.

  2. Maintenance of Essential Services: CWBA provides critical services related to pest management, education, and prevention. These services are vital for our region’s economy and ecosystem health. The proposed increase will enable us to maintain and enhance these services, ensuring our stakeholders continue to receive the support they need.

We Want Your Feedback

We understand that any rate increase has an impact on our stakeholders, and your input is invaluable to us. We welcome your feedback and comments on this proposed change. Please share your thoughts with us by completing our online form here or contacting the CWBA Executive Officer or Board member.

Your collaboration is crucial in shaping our efforts and ensuring the sustainability of our region. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in protecting our community from the threat of declared pests.

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