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QLD Pests in Our Greenspaces - Winning the Battle with Fire Ants

8 December 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online Information Session

Date: Wednesday 8 December 2021
Time: 11am (AEST)

PLA Members FREE

Generate Network Members & Tertiary-Enrolled Students FREE

Non-Members $30

Fire Ants are rapidly becoming a major issue for greenspace managers and landscape contractors in Queensland. Having a clear understanding of what to look-out for and when detected, how to treat for them, is essential to ensure the response is undertaken in the most effective, environmentally responsible, and economical manner.

In this presentation, Syngenta's Pest Management expert, Peter Ambrose-Pearce will share his knowledge and experience on: how and why Fire Ants have become a pest in Queensland; land managers' responsibilities for controlling Fire Ants; the tell-tale signs of Fire Ant activity in public open space; and some practical solutions available for their management.

Hosted by PLA QLD Regional Councillor Sean Winterflood, Peter's presentation will be followed by 20 minutes for Q&A, where we will invite questions from our participants about the opportunities, challenges, and potential solutions for managing Fire Ants in public greenspace areas.

Who should attend?

  • Project Managers, Landscape Architects & Civil Engineers

  • Park and Gardens Supervisors, Superintendents, Sport & Recreation Officers
  • Grounds/Golf course maintenance staff
  • Landscape Construction and/or Maintenance Contractors
  • Contracts officers, Park & Open Space Managers
  • Local government officers
  • Park & open space planning/design consultants, academics, students

Peter Ambrose-Pearce

Technical Services Lead - PPM ANZ, Syngenta

Peter has been with Syngenta Specialty Solutions Team in PPM as Senior Sales Manager and in 2020 was appointed to the role of Technical Services Lead - PPM for Australia and New Zealand. Peter is well recognized across SE Asia, USA, Australia, and New Zealand for his energetic and topical presentations of which are well known for approaching the difficult and often “Not Asked” questions, of which are a colourful highlight of most Roadshows. He often reflects on his practical experiences and calls himself a “Pestle”.

Peter has been a pivotal influence in supporting all of Syngenta’s PPM Product Portfolio and was integral in trialling and launching ADVION Fire Ant Bait in SEQ for the National RIFA Eradication Program (DAF Biosecurity Qld) of which has been a 6 year project so far. First commercial application and use was in Summer 2020-21.


Sean Winterflood

PLA QLD Regional Councillor

Sean is a General Manager for Skyline Landscape Service which has over 30 years as a specialist landscape management company. With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Sean started Marsupial Landscape Services in Queensland, and has been consulted by several Councils on the increasing salinity issues. Sean’s focus now is the long-term maintenance of the landscape to ensure completed projects remain viable, practical, sustainable, and affordable for the community. Delivering projects throughout Australia, Sean has a wealth of experience understanding a diverse range of horticultural challenges that face those tasked with providing public spaces, sporting fields, playgrounds, streetscapes even down to delivery for each residents’ front yards.


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All prices exclude GST and are represented in Australian Dollars.

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