Hauliers fined over breach
A BULK-haulage company has been fined $12,500 for breaching fire-ant movement restrictions within Ipswich.
The company, Caboolture Bulk Granite Haulage, was fined in Ipswich Magistrates Court for moving 388 tonnes of soil from a property at Runcorn, within a fire ant restricted area, to North Tivoli – outside the restricted area, in January last year.
Lawyers for the company said Bulk Granite Haulage had been “good corporate citizens” and were not aware they had breached the fire ant restrictions.
The company has since co-operated with authorities and the incident was a breakdown in their usual practice.
Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Minister Tim Mulherin said the case was the first successful prosecution for breaching fire ant movement restrictions, and it was a timely reminder for everyone to remain vigilant in the battle against the insects.
For information about moving materials within a restricted area or to request an inspection or to report any suspicious ants, call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au