REGIONAL PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLANS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The impact of pest animals in the region will be in the sights of 11 new Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans which will tackle the pests’ devastating effect.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new plans came into effect on 1 July and are the result of local community groups having their say on priority pest species and effective control options in the local area.
“The release of the Regional Pest Plans will be supported with an additional $6 million for the 18/19 year to really help drive renewed momentum in regional areas.
“All landholders, both public and private have come together to set a strategy and develop the plans, which means that locals are making important decisions about pest animal management in local areas and will be a key driver for delivering solutions.
“In these dry times landholders don’t need the extra pressure of foxes, wild dogs, pigs or even feral deer making incursions onto fodder lines or drought-affected livestock.
“Pests pose a significant threat to our environment, communities and economy with an estimated economic impact of $170 million.
“The Regional Pest Plans identify priority pests and management tools, based on a robust risk assessment to ensure strong and responsive management which is based on regional priorities.
“Biosecurity is a shared responsibility and these plans make it very clear as to what our responsibilities are and how each of us can go about achieving them.
“Under the pest plans, Local Land Services (LLS) will have authority to enforce the Biosecurity Act 2015 and adjoining regulations that underpin the changes set out in the plans.
“The core focus for LLS is to educate and inform all landholders of their individual responsibilities.
“We know that pests don’t respect fence boundaries and LLS are best placed to ensure the actions in the plans are adhered to and we all do our bit to minimise the impacts of pest animals,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Regional Strategic Pest Animal Plans can be found at https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/pestplan