Changes have been made to the Red Imported Fire Ant Restricted Area to reflect changes to the risk status of suburbs and localities as new infestation is detected or areas are cleared of infestation following completion of all required treatment and surveillance activities.

The following changes came into effect from 1 March 2014:

•         Edens Landing, Holmview, Loganholme, Sherwood and Tanah Merah are being removed from the restricted area and will no longer be subject to movement controls.

•         Corinda, Mount Marrow, Shailer Park and The Bluff will see a reduction in movement controls as they move from the high risk to the low risk restricted area.

•         Blacksoil and Pine Mountain, which were previously free of restrictions, moves into the low risk area which has implications for business.

•         Brassall moves into the high risk area which has implications for both residents and businesses.

An updated Red Imported Fire Ant Restricted Area map, the declaration notice and details about the movement controls within the high and low risk restricted areas is available on the RIFA website here.

Queensland Governement's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recommend businesses review their Approved Risk Management Plan as Inspectors will be conducting spot audits over the coming months. If you require advice or assistance regarding your plan, please contact a fire ant Inspector on 3310 2852 or Garrards on 3881 1693.

Updated fire ant training is available at no charge for all persons. The training outlines everything you need to know including your legal obligations, how to update or apply for a Risk Management Plan and fire ant surveillance and identification. Please call 3310 2873 to make a booking or contact Garrards on 3881 1693.