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Community has a say on pest animal management in the Western region

Local Land Services has received more than 400 public submissions about 11 draft Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans following a six-week statewide consultation period.

Landholders, stakeholders and community members had the opportunity to consider the plan and provide feedback at nearly 50 community information sessions held across the state, while feedback could also be provided online during the consultation period.

The draft plans were a direct result from the NSW Government after a Natural Resource Commission report into pest animal management.

Local Land Services Chair, Richard Bull said the information sessions were held to explain how the plans were developed, what they mean for land managers and the community and how to provide input.

“The plans target priority pests in each region and outline how government agencies, community groups and landholders will work together to prevent, contain and manage the impacts of pest animals,” he said.

“They will also guide investment decisions for existing government, industry and individual landholder resources that can be dedicated to coordinated pest animal management.

“With the introduction of the Biosecurity Act 2015, the regional strategic pest animal management plans can be used by all community members to meet their general biosecurity duty obligations.”

Western Local Land Services Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper said there had been great interest across the community about the plans and what they mean at a local level.

“We received 22 responses about the Western draft regional plan so I’d like to thank everyone that took the time to consider the plan and have their say,” he said.

“We are now incorporating that feedback to make sure we’ve got the plans right and that they meet the needs of our region.

The top priority pest animal species in our region include wild dogs, pigs and rabbits and we’ve outlined tools and best practice methods to help contain and control these species.

“Once in place, the plans will provide a funded and coordinated approach to the management of pest animals under the Biosecurity Act.”

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.