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Have your say on the management of pest animals in the Western region

Western Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

Western Local Land Services General Manager, Erlina Compton said the economic impact of wild rabbits, carp, pigs, foxes, dogs, goats and introduced birds had been estimated at $170 million in NSW.

“The Western 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,” she 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 Western Regional Pest Animal Committee and Western Local Land Services.

Ms Compton 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 Western 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.

“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 to provide input into the final 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, download a copy of the plan and have your say visit the Local Land Services website.

The plan will be on public exhibition until Friday, 20 April 2018.

For a full list of the information sessions in the Western region, head to our events tab.

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