Queensland – Peter May (Branch Secretary)
The AEPMA Queensland branch held their AGM on Thursday 21st May via phone teleconference.
Shane Osborne chaired the meeting, and reported on AEPMA Qld Branch activities including involvement in the formulation of the new Qld Act and Regulations pertaining to pest management, involvement of the pest industry in the control of Red Imported Fire Ant within the Qld Biosecurity program, and ongoing contact with REIQ and QBCC.
Shane thanked Queensland members and the committee for their support to him and to AEPMA during the past two years.
Election of councillors was undertaken with all those present being appointed as Council Members and the following office bearer appointments confirmed:
- Shane Osborne, Chairman & Delegate to AEPMA Board
- John Murray, Deputy Chairman & Alternate Delegate to AEPMA Board
- Peter May, Secretary
Stephen Ware provided a national update including AEPMA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, service opportunities this presented, classification of pest control as an essential service, and government support programs available.
John Murray provided an update on the training package reform project recently completed and resulting in changes to the Certificate III Urban Pest Management training requirements.
Members of the Rodent Control CoP Working Party present at the meeting reported on the preparation of a submission to the APVMA in response to a current review into the use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
Nicky Turner spoke on recent developments within Professional Women in Australian Pest Management (PWAPM) which is attracting significant interest and support within the industry.
The next Branch General Meeting will be held at 0900 on Thursday July 16th, 2020 on Microsoft Teams. Invitations with details will be sent out prior to the meeting. Thanks to all for their attendance at the AGM and look forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting.
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