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Fire ants fines for locals who ignore the rules

Companies and individuals found transporting fire ants across biosecurity zones without a permit in areas such as Ipswich and Lockyer Valley could now cop a fine of up to $5000.

Fire Ant Program General Manager Graem Dudgeon says amendments to the Biosecurity Act have given officers the ability to issue fines if truckies, farmers, and agricultural business don't stick to safety procedures.

He says when people move plants or earth without the right permits, it often means they haven't done the right thing, such as risk mitigation - which means a much higher risk that they may be carrying fire ants.

Mr Dudgeon says in those situations, when people are not doing the right things, then they can face fines.

For details on Fire Ant restrictions and zones visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries webpage.