Have your say on the management of pest animals in the Central West region
12 March 2018
Central West Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Central West Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.
Central West Local Land Services General Manager Andrew Mulligan said the economic impact of wild rabbits, carp, pigs, foxes, dogs, goats and introduced birds had been estimated at $170 million in NSW.
“The Central West Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan sets the strategic direction for pest animal management in the region and guides resourcing and investment dedicated to coordinated pest animal management,” he said.
“Pest animals pose significant threat to threatened species and ecological communities, with feral pigs alone impacting on 361 species and ecological communities listed as nationally threatened.”
The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Central West Regional Pest Animal Committee and Central West Local Land Services.
Mr Mulligan said the plan prioritised pest animals in our region, based on the level of impact and outlined how government agencies, community groups and individual landholders would share responsibility and work together to prevent, eradicate, contain and manage the impacts of pest animals.
“The management of pest animals in the Central West is a complex and challenging situation which cannot be ignored. We can only win the fight against pest animals by working in partnership,” he said.
“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of pest animals in our region and across the state.”
Information sessions are being held to explain how the plan was developed, what it means for the region and how provide input into the final plan.
- 20 March, 46 Sherriff Street Forbes*
- 27 March, 96 Victoria Street Dubbo*
*Sessions will be open from 3-6 to accommodate working hours of potential participants.
In addition, all Central West Local Land Services events held throughout the consultation period will have printed information on hand relating to the plan.
Anyone who has a concern about pest animal management is encouraged to attend an information session and comment on the draft plan.
For more information, contact Nigel Boyce on 0437 712 176 or to download a copy of the plan and have your say, visit: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/pestplan
The plan will be on public exhibition until Friday 20 April 2018.
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