Abstract

Arresting the loss of biodiversity is one of the challenges of our era. One of the primary drivers of this loss is the introduction on non-indigenous species where such species overcome the normal factors that contain and constrain population growth to become pest species that out compete the indigenous species resulting in the marginalisation and in the extreme case extinction of the native species. The lack of biosecurity not only risks biodiversity but also risks our economy and our way of life. Introduced diseases threaten animal production, weeds degrade agricultural output and pest species erode our amenity values in our neighbourhood. With the progression of globalisation and the associated increase in trade and development, proliferation of travel and large-scale migration between nations, the risk of translocating species that may become invasive increases as well. An invasive species episode imposes a costly externality on ecosystems in terms of composition, structure and function and all too often a cost to the socio-economic environment‥

The search for new energy reserves and the subsequent development of newly discovered assets push deeper into the remote frontiers of our world. Proponents can expect to be challenged by interested and affected parties opposed to exploration or any proposal that involves development. These stakeholder groups not only are the stakeholders on the local or the national scene but more often than not also include large international non-government organisations. As such, companies and governments are under increased pressure to set new benchmarks and new best practices in order to gain or issue regulatory approvals and the ‘social licence’ to operate, often resulting in the bar for environmental approvals being raised.

This was indeed the case when thegovernment, on the advice of the community and subject matter experts, imposed a challenging condition on the approval of the Gorgon Joint Venture to develop the Gorgon Project on Barrow Island. This paper provides a high-level explanation of the Quarantine Management System developed in response to a requirement ensure no non-indigenous species is introduced or proliferated on Barrow Island and its performance.

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