The existing PestSmart toolkit distils 12 years of research on best practice pest animal management, and offers a central resource library and repository of information. A major aspect of this toolkit is the PestSmart Connect website launched in March 2015.
PestSmart is a proven and valued tool. The platform is becoming well known and utilised as a digital resource for land managers wanting to learn more about pest animal management.
Our Centre now has a number of digital tools now developed including FeralScan, the Invasives Action Tool and species-specific Decision Support Systems and this project is about integrating all these resources to create a one-stop shop for invasive species management information in one place and to link out to other useful digital resources. As part of this project we are also aiming to incorporate weeds management information so it encompasses both invasive plants and animals.
The aim of this project is to ensure that invasive species best practice information is easily and readily available to our end-users and can be shared through our partner and member organisations, so they can be confident they are sharing information which is factual, correct and relevant to their stakeholders.
It includes the following objectives to:
All our members, partners and key stakeholders will provide input into this project and website re-development through consultation and workshops.
Over the past 12 months, the CISS digital communications delivery team has focused on engagement with users of weeds information to ensure that the creation of a new national weeds information website meets their needs.
To this end, the team has attended key stakeholder meetings, run an online survey and undertaken a workshop which has resulted in developing a preliminary website framework which will be road tested over the coming months.
August 2019 update:
Over 600 key users and stakeholder groups have been engaged over the past 24 months, to develop the pest animal and weed best practice management digital extension resources.
In partnership with Atlas of Living Australia, the weeds website strategy has been completed. A national website will be delivered by January 2020. An upgrade of the PestSmart website is progressing through user surveys. Further understanding of user experience will ensure development of a wireframe with clear information processes, planned to launch by May 2020.
Both websites will form Australia’s first Invasives Portal, a digital system dedicated to promoting best practice management of invasives in Australia.
Once up and running, the weeds website content updates will be managed by a contractor. User experience workshops for PestSmart, and the development of a website tender to start the website build will also be contracted.