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Everyone in Queensland is obliged by law to minimise the biosecurity risks of their activities.
A biosecurity risk is the risk of an adverse affect on the environment, human health, amenity or the economy caused by living things (other than humans), pathogens, disease or contaminants. LIRS minimises the biosecurity risks of its activities by following its Biosecurity Plan. This requires cooperation from suppliers, transport providers, people who stay at LIRS, and other island users and stakeholders.
Importation and spread on the island of exotic pest species and pathogens is a big risk to the island's environment because invasive species can change the community structure. In common with many other islands in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Lizard Island suffers ongoing impacts from introduced pests. More than 80 introduced plant species have been recorded, of which some are highly invasive. At least two invasive ant species have established populations on the island. Cane toads have also found their way to the island on several occasions but have been captured before a population could establish.
Everyone who visits the island can help to preserve its biosecurity:
- Ensure that your luggage and clothing are free of weed seeds and insects when you come to the island.
- If you come by boat, do not carry plant material or soil between islands and ensure that you are not carrying any animal pests that could escape onto the island.
- If you charter a flight to get to the island, ensure that the charter company is aware of biosecurity concerns and that the aircraft's landing gear is not contaminated with soil or seeds. This is especially important for helicopter charters because they do not always land on paved surfaces.
- When walking around the island, take care not to transport seeds from place to place. Some weeds on the island have burrs or sticky seeds. If you find them on your clothing, please collect them and dispose of them properly.
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