A Waroona-based organisation’s work in controlling invasive species has been highlighted as part of a review. The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group recently held its annual general meeting at the Waroona Golf Club, which was open to both members and the general public. Attendees heard about the group’s achievements during the first six months of the year, after a change made in July from calendar year to financial year reporting. The change brings it in line with other regional biosecurity groups within the State which are funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s declared pest account. PHBG had a team of five part-time staff this year, with executive officer Teele Hooper-Worrell noting the major focus on responding to and validating reports of priority declared weeds and pest animals within the region. “Declared weeds and pest animals can negatively impact profitability and biodiversity of plants and animals on private property, often also affecting neighbouring land,” she said. “Some landholders, especially those that have moved to acreage property for the first time may not be aware of some of the pest species and the importance of the ongoing and seasonal nature of effective control activities.” The organisation also provides free-to-loan equipment and information sessions on invasive plant species and pest animal control. For more information, visit phbg.org.