HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PEST ANIMALS IN THE NORTHERN TABLELANDS
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Northern Tablelands Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan. The economic impact of invasive species including wild rabbits, carp, pigs, foxes, dogs, goats and introduced birds, has been estimated at $170 million in NSW.
“The Northern Tablelands 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,” Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Biosecurity & Emergency Services Manager, Melissa McLeod said.
“Pest animals pose a 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 Regional Pest Animal Committee and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. Melissa McLeod 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 region is a complex and challenging situation which cannot be ignored. We can only win the fight against pest animals by working in partnership,” she said. “We encourage the community to use the plan to understand their obligations as landholders and also understand how other landholders are working to solve pest animal problems. 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 across the region to explain how the plan was developed, what it means for the region and how you can provide input into the final plan. Information sessions are being held at the following locations:
- Walcha - Thursday 15 March from 5:00-7:00pm at the Commercial Hotel
- Glen Innes - Monday 19 March from 5:00-7:00pm at the Glen Innes & District Services Club
- Legume - Friday 23 March from 12 noon-2:00pm at the Legume Community Hall
Please RSVP to Leanne Storm at Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 02 6720 8316.
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, download a copy of the plan and have your say: www.lls.nsw.gov.au. The plan will be on public exhibition until Friday 20 April 2018.