Thursday, 8 March 2018
PEST animals can have a devastating impact upon farms, productivity and the local environment and now is the community’s chance to help guide efforts to manage the region’s most damaging pests, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.
Mr Marshall said comments were now being called for on a draft version of the Pest Animal Management plan for the Northern Tablelands and North West.
“No one knows pest animals better than local landholders and that local knowledge is essential in the battle against stock loss and environmental damage,” he said.
“Following feedback, this policy will guide our region’s approach to minimising damage from feral pigs, goats, cats and more, setting evidence based strategy for the next five years.
“Advice is given to deal with an abundance of wild deer in the Glen Innes district, whereas feral pigs are in the spotlight near Bundarra.
“The plans identify pest animal risks present in each region, set regional pest animal management priorities, and provide for the coordinated management of pest animals within and across Local Land Services regions.”
Mr Marshall said the draft report was a direct response from the NSW Government to the Natural Resource Commission review into the management of pest animals.
“Managing the impact of pest animals not only has positive outcomes for primary industries, but also for the natural environment and local communities within the region,” he said.
The plans have been developed collaboratively through regional pest animal committees and alongside Local Land Services, to establish strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for pest animal management.
The current consultation period is an opportunity for land managers, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of pest animals in their region.
“It is vital these plans are developed with the community to ensure a strong and responsive pest animal risk management that is outcomes focused and based on regional priorities,” Mr Marshall said.
Anyone who has a concern about pest animal management is encouraged to comment on the draft plans, which are tied to LLS region.
Consultation is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday, 20 April 2018. Visit www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au to read through your regional plan and submit feedback.