Fire ant nests found on Curtis Island’s QCLNG worksite

FIRE ants have been discovered on Curtis Island's QCLNG worksite.

The find means changes will be made to the way materials are handled and transported off site.

Bechtel and Biosecurity Queensland confirmed initial surveillance on QCLNG had discovered two fire ant nests with a third suspected nest currently being analysed.

Surveillance had been extended two weeks ago, from the initial discovery of fire ants around Fisherman's Landing, to a six kilometre radius of the affected area, including Curtis Island.

An investigation by Biosecurity Queensland is underway to determine how the nests got to the Curtis Island site, although the Yarwun site remains the core of the infested area.

A memo to staff on the QCLNG project said initial treatment had been carried out on the confirmed nests and a long-term treatment management plan would be further implemented to prevent further infestation.

QCLNG project manager Phil Newsome told staff full cooperation was needed to prevent the spread of fire ants, when changes would be made to the way materials were handled and transported off site.

Yarwun fire ant response operations manager Barry Cooper said around 20 staff had been conducting surveillance on Curtis Island, which should be completed this week.

"Considering the island's proximity to Fisherman's Landing and the movement of equipment and materials that has occurred between the two sites we are not surprised by the finding of fire ants on Curtis Island," he said.

If fire ants are found, alert Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.



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