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Oakey red fire ant crisis deepens with turf from exclusion zone blamed for outbreak

JG
Updated May 1 2024 - 7:27am, first published April 26 2024 - 4:30pm
The fire ant crisis near Oakey has deepened with news that a turf company carted infested soil from within the exclusion zone. Picture QDAF.
The fire ant crisis near Oakey has deepened with news that a turf company carted infested soil from within the exclusion zone. Picture QDAF.

Queensland authorities are facing a 'worst-case-scenario' with the infestations of red imported fire ants found at the Oakey air base, west of Toowoomba, likely being transported into the area in turf sods.

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Jason Gregory

National Rural Affairs Writer

National rural affairs writer for ACM's agricultural print and digital publications, covering federal politics, agri-politics and life in the regions. 2023 National Rural Press Club award winner. Send story tips to jason.gregory@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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