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New Website To Help In Fight Against Locusts

25 August 2010

AUSTRALIA –Biosecurity Queensland has announced that it will launch a new website aimed at providing farmers with the latest information on the Australian state's current locust infestation.

ABC News reported that, due to rainfall early in the year, spur-throated locusts had been affecting parts of central and western Queensland for most of the season, with the biggest swarms covering 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres).

Working primarily around Barcaldine, Blackall, Charleville and Cunnamulla, the group has been undertaking surveillance work and spraying since late in May.

"The website [] will outline the current situation, spraying activity [in addition to] the role and responsibility of landholders," ABC explained.

Biosecurity Queensland warned, however, that the situation in this state should not be confused with the severe plague of locusts currently affecting New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Earlier this week, ABC News reported that the Australian Plague Locust Commission was finding the ground across much of New South Wales to be currently too wet for surveillance of locust hatchings to go ahead.

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