2013/14 Locust Season

Regular surveillance by authorities in the Central, North and Far West regions indicate that the 2013/14 locust season will be similar to the 2012/13 season with little threat to agriculture from the Spur-throated Locust, Australian Plague Locust or the Migratory Locust. Earlier, autumn surveys, indicated a low risk of significant or widespread infestations anywhere in NSW.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI), along with Local Land Services, will advise if any significant locust activity develops.

Rainfall in the Central West and Riverina throughout the winter months provided suitable vegetation conditions for nymph development, however only low numbers over spring were seen. During October, small localised increases of adult locust occurred mainly in the States Central West in the Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonamble areas. Local landholders undertook some small control programs. The outlook for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014 shows continued low density populations.

It is always important that landholders remain vigilant and report any locust activity to Local Land Services.

Further information on the current locust situation is accessible via the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website which can be found at


Air Operators can contact NSW Rural Fire Service for "Expression of interest for call when needed helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, to support emergency and other operations".

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Phone numbers

Report locust activity - NSW: Call your Local Land Services
1300 795 299