Biosecurity and Stock Routes Management

Biosecurity and Stock Route Management Plan 2023-27

The Biosecurity and Stock Route Management Plan 2023-27 details the priorities and course of action Murweh Shire Council intends to take over four years in relation to the management of its stock route network and public lands, and biosecurity risks and impacts.

The Plan provides clarity and accountability for Murweh Shire Council to meet its legislative and operational requirements, and guides leadership on the strategic priorities of the community.

The Biosecurity and Stock Route Management Plan 2023-27 strategically aligns to the Corporate Plan and is delivered through existing mechanisms including Council’s projects and programs, policies, and annual operational plans and budgets. Council partners with community, land managers, government agencies, and industry organisations to lead and deliver the priorities in this Plan.

Biosecurity and Stock Route Management Plan 2023-27



General Biosecurity Obligation

The Biosecurity Act 2014 imposes a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) which requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise biosecurity risks and events.

A biosecurity risk exists when dealing with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these. A biosecurity event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant that is, or is likely to become, a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.

The Biosecurity and Stock Route Management Plan 2023-27 identifies and provides guidance to land managers and community about what is considered ‘reasonable’ and ‘practical’ steps to manage weeds and pest risks and events relevant to the Murweh Shire.


Stock Routes

Council manages an extensive stock route network across the Murweh Shire.  The Stock Route Supervisor is Mr Blair O'Connor who can be contacted on 0427 541 286.

Agistment (as per current

Horses, Donkeys, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Deer, Pigs and other livestock animals are not to be kept within the town area. Stock straying on roads and reserves will be impounded.

Agistment is available to residents in the Murweh Shire on nominated town commons in line with Council policy. Agistment to a maximum of six (6) head of stock, described as horses or cattle will be allowable on Town Reserves at $3.00 per head.

Application to keep stock on the town common must be made in writing, for further information please contact the Council Office on (07) 4656 8355 or via email.

Application for Depasturing Stock


Wild Dog Management

Wild Dog Management Group

The Murweh Shire in conjunction with Agforce Charleville and the Department of Natural Resources host a Wild Dog Management Group made up of landholder representatives from across the Shire who coordinate baiting and other control programs in Murweh Shire.  Major 1080 baitings are organised in coordination with Quilpie and Paroo Shires and usually occur in April and October of each year.

Wild Dog Control - Landholder Responsibilities




Murweh Shire Council Stock Route Supervisor on 0427 541 286 or main office 07 4656 8355

Report notifiable animal disease, weed, pest or matter to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23

Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888

Fact Sheets



Biosecurity Risk, Weed and Pest Priorities

Priority Disease Alert List

  • Foot and Mouth Disease   
  • Lumpy Skin Disease
  • African Swine Fever
  • Ehrlichia Canis
  • Australian Bat Lyssavirus
  • Varroa Mite


Priority Weeds



Asset Protection



Priority Pests

Asset Protection




Weed Species List

African Boxthorn         Lycium ferocissimum

African Lovegrass        Eragrostis curvula

Asparagus Fern           Asparagus scandens

Athel Pine                    Tamarix aphylla

Bunny Ears                  Opuntia microdasys

Castor Oil Plant           Ricinus communis


Cats Claw Creeper       Macfadyena unguis-cati

Chinese Celtis             Celtis sinensis


Devil’s Rope Pear        Cylindropuntia imbricata

Fireweed                      Senecio madagascariensis

Hairy Flower Lovegrass Eragrostis trichophora

                                    Fact sheet not available. See African Lovegrass risk assessment.

Harrisia Cactus            Harrisia martinii, Harrisia tortuosa and Harrisia pomanensis

Honey Locust               Gleditsia triacanthos

Jumping Cholla           Cylindropuntia prolifera

Karroo Thorn               Vachellia karroo

Lantana                        Lantana camara

Mesquite                      Prosopis spp.

Mexican Feathergrass  Nassella tenuissima

Mimosa Bush               Acacia farnesiana

Mother of Millions       Bryophyllum delagoense

Parkinsonia                  Parkinsonia aculeata

Parthenium                  Parthenium hysterophorus

Prickly Acacia              Vachellia nilotica


Prickly Pear                 Opuntia species

Rat’s Tail Grasses        Sporobolus pyramidalis, S. natalensis, S. jacquemontii and S. fertilis

Riverina Pear               Opuntia elata

Rubber Vine                 Cryptostegia grandiflora and Cryptostegia madagascariensis

Salvinia                        Salvinia spp.

Silver-Leaf Nightshade             Solanum elaeagnifolium

Snake Cactus               Cylindropuntia spinosior


Sulphur Cactus            Opuntia sulphurea

Tiger Pear                    Opuntia aurantiaca


Tree Pear                     Opuntia tomentosa

Water Hyacinth            Eichhornia crassipes syn. Pontederia crassipes

Water Lettuce               Pistia stratiotes

Willows Cactus            Cereus uruguayanus



Pest Species List

Cane Toad                   Rhinella marina

Carp                             Cyprinus carpio

Feral Cat                      Felis catus

Feral Deer                    Cervus elaphus, Dama dama, Cervus timorensis, Axis axis

Feral Goat                    Capra hircus

Feral Horse                  Equus caballus

Feral Pig                      Sus scrofa

Fire ants                       Solenopsis invicta

Fox                              Vulpes vulpes

Indian Myna                 Acridotheres tristis

Locusts                       Chortoicetes terminifera

Mice                             Mus domesticus

Rabbit                         Oryctolagus cuniculus

Tilapia                          Oreochromis mossambicus, Tilapia mariae

Wild dog                      Canis lupus familaris

Yellow Crazy Ant         Anoplolepis gracilipes