Skip to content

Tackling pest animals: A regional plan

As part of a statewide improvement initiative, Central West Local Land Services have coordinated the development of a Regional Pest Animal Committee and subsequent Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

The plan identifies priority pest animals and appropriate management tools, based on a robust risk assessment to inform the level of risk posed.

Central West Local Land Services Team Leader Invasive Species and Plant Health Nigel Boyce said the plan was developed in consultation with both stakeholders and the broader community.

“The committee members involved have made a tremendous contribution to the plan, ensuring that strong and responsive management activities tailored to our region are included,” Nigel said

The development of Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans came about as a result of a statewide, independent review conducted by the Natural Resource Commission in 2016 which identified areas for improvement in the management of pest animals in NSW.

“The findings of the review provided an opportunity to develop something fit for purpose, taking into consideration the situation and priorities of each region,”

The impact of pest animals on primary production, communities and our natural environment can be severe, creating biosecurity risks through spreading weeds and disease, preying on native animals and livestock, land erosion and waterway degradation.

The Central West Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan will guide resourcing and investment decisions for government, industry and individual landholders that can be dedicated to coordinated pest animal management.

From 1 July 2018, existing pest control orders under the Local Land Services Act 2013 have been repealed and are now subject to the Biosecurity Act 2015 and Regulation. This change moves us away from rigid, statewide, prescriptive pest management solutions; towards local solutions delivered by local people - where everyone can actively contribute.

“The removal of pest control orders doesn’t mean there is a weakening of the regulatory approach. Education, compliance and enforcement action can still be used if necessary.” Nigel said

The Central West Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan can be accessed at https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/pestplan

ENDS

Media Contact: Fiona Townsend, fiona.townsend@lls.nsw.gov.au 0428 284 252