Environmental management

BIOSECURITY ALERT - Coptotermes Termites

A potentially destructive termite has been discovered on Lord Howe Island. Coptotermes termites are widely distributed on mainland Australia and include the most destructive species which damage timber houses and structures.

These species of subterranean termites colonises in the ground. Subterranean termites travel from the ground up to the structure. They form of mud tubes to protect them from heat and direct sunlight. They usually swarm when weather conditions are either overcast or very humid.

BIOSECURITY ALERT - Coptotermes Termites

A potentially destructive termite has been discovered on Lord Howe Island. Coptotermes termites are widely distributed on mainland Australia and include the most destructive species which damage timber houses and structures.

These species of subterranean termites colonises in the ground. Subterranean termites travel from the ground up to the structure. They form of mud tubes to protect them from heat and direct sunlight. They usually swarm when weather conditions are either overcast or very humid.

It is not currently known when the termites arrived or how long they have been on the Island.

Lord Howe Island biosecurity staff are currently assessing the situation – this work is being undertaken with input from experts at the Australian Museum and the CSIRO. Initial efforts are focused on determining the extent and distribution of the termites – this will determine our next steps.

These termites differ from native LHI termites, which predominantly eat sapwood, whereas this species eat the heart of the timber, including structural timbers used in construction.

What to do

We are asking all persons to immediately inspect their homes and places of work for termites. Any suspected or actual termite finds should be immediately reported to the Biosecurity Team Leader – 6563 2066 ext. 40 or email biosecurity@lhib.nsw.gov.au

A professional pest controller from KP Termite Solutions is currently on Island until Friday, 4th September. He will be available to assist with identifying any suspected infestations.

What to look for

  • Termites are typically off white/pale yellow.
  • They may be 3-7mm long.
  • These termites have tunnels underground and/or in structures – some species may build mounds or mud tracks near tree stumps, logs, fallen timber, etc.
  • Check in logs and around larger trees on the property - outdoors they mainly infest dead wood in contact with the soil, such as fallen trees, stumps and fallen branches.
  • Damage to timbers will be ‘typical’ of termites.
    • Termites typically eat wood from the inside out - may leave a thin veneer or timber of paint.
    • Timber will sound hollow or ‘papery’ when knocked on.
    • Tunnels and ‘galleries’ in wood.
  • Droppings (frass) – powdery substance around wood structures – sometimes dark.

Please refer to images

If you have any questions please call the LHIB on 6563 2066 ext. 40

Draft LHI Walking Track Strategy on Public Exhibition from 14 December 2016 until 25 January 2017

The LHI walking track network provides almost 24km of walking experiences on 22 tracks. Walking is one of the primary activities associated with nature based tourism on LHI, is a popular recreational activity for residents and provides opportunities to gain an understanding of LHI’s unique natural and cultural values.

The Lord Howe Island Tourism Association (LHITA) identifies the walking track network as major tourism infrastructure noting that ongoing maintenance and signage are two major issues. The goals of the LHI Destination Management Plan include improving the range of product services for specialist interest groups such as walking and identifying and correcting infrastructure gaps inhibiting tourism.

The current Lord Howe Island Walking Track Strategy is almost 20 years old. Since the 1997 strategy was completed there have been updates to policy and standards relevant to walking tracks as well as upgrades to the walking track network.

Taking into consideration the above factors, the Board has prepared a Draft Lord Howe Island Walking Track Strategy 2016 for public comment. The Draft Strategy proposes some new tracks and routes, to increase the diversity of walking experiences available on the island.

Before reviewing the Draft Strategy, residents and visitors are encouraged to complete a survey of the condition, signage and interpretation of the current walking track network. Answering the questions in this survey might assist your review and comment of the Draft Walking Track Strategy. The survey can be accessed on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHI-Walking-Track-Survey

Download: Draft Walking Track Strategy

Hard copies of the strategy can be obtained from the Board's Administration Office.

Comments can be forwarded to:

Lord Howe Island Board
PO Box 5
Lord Howe Island NSW 2898
 
Phone: +61 2 6563 2066
Fax: +61 2 6563 2127

Email: administration@lhib.nsw.gov.au

Local Environment Plan

The Lord Howe Island Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP) is made under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and controls planning and development on the Island.

The LEP makes reference to maps deposited in the office of the Board. These maps are available for public access as follows:

Download: Sheet 1 - Land Application and Land Zoning Map (PDF - 535.79KB)

Download: Sheet 2 - Land Zoning Map (Settlement Area) (PDF - 406.58KB)

Download: Sheet 3 - Significant Native Vegetation Map (PDF - 548.16KB)

The LEP was gazetted on 12 March 2010, and repeals the Lord Howe Island REP 2005.

A comprehensive review of the LEP will be made in 2012-2013. For further information please contact the Manager Environment & Community Development on (02) 6563 2066.

 

Pest animal control

Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage Area of global environmental significance and it is important to effectively manage it's world-renowned natural values. Introduced pest species can seriously impact upon the biodiversity of the Island by modifying species richness, abundance, and ecosystem function. They can also have significant impacts on the economic and social values of neighbouring areas.

During the 1980's and 1990's the Lord Howe Island Board successfully eradicated feral cats, pigs and goats from the Island.

Recently a draft eradication plan for Ship Rats and Mice and a strategy for the eradication of African Big-headed Ants have been prepared. Refer to the Plans area of this website for details.

Several other invasive pest species occur on the Island such as Mallard x Pacific Black Duck hybrids (Anas supercilliosa x Anas platyrhynchos) and Feral Pigeons (Columba livia). Control strategies are in place for these species as they have the ability to recolonise the Island.

Other feral populations occurring on Lord Howe Island include:

  • Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
  • Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae)
  • Blackbird (Turdus merula)
  • Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
  • Bleating Tree frog (Litoria dentate)
  • Grass Skink (Lampropholis delicata)
  • Eastern Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

Notice: African Big

Australia's leading ABHA eradication expert, Dr Ben Hoffmann from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), recently visited LHI to assist in reviewing the eradication strategy. A new approach, has been developed, which builds on experience gained from previous work on the Island.