Public Meeting on Fire Ants

Last week fire ants were detected in South Murwillumbah, the first confirmed detection in NSW. This follows the discovery of other nests at Innisplain, just 13.5km north of the Queensland border with Kyogle.
As fire ants have now been detected in two local government areas bordering Kyogle, it is now more important than ever for residents and businesses to be on alert for fire ants. Fire ants cause serious social, economic and environmental harm and it is important to keep the Kyogle local government area free from this aggressive pest.
The Department of Primary Industries, in conjunction with Kyogle Council, will be holding a public meeting about fire ants, next Wednesday 13 December, 5pm-6pm in the KMI Hall. At the meeting DPI staff will talk about:
  • the impact of fire ants and how they are spreading
  • how to identify a fire ant nest
  • what to do if you think you have fire ants on your property
  • new biosecurity rules affecting movement of heavy machinery, hay, soil, landscaping material etc.
Council encourages all residents to come along to the meeting to learn more about this highly invasive pest and what you can do to make sure the Kyogle local government area remains free from fire ants.
If you would like further information about fire ants visit or call DPI on 1800 680 244.