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Time running out to have input on the management of pest animals in the Western region

Western Local Land Services is reminding interested individuals and organisations they have until Friday, 20 April to have their say on the draft Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

Landholders, stakeholders and community members have had the opportunity to consider the plan and provide feedback at nine community information sessions that were held in the Western region.

For those that were unable to attend a session, feedback can still be provided via the Western Local Land Services website while the plan is on public exhibition.

The overall purpose of the plan is to get everyone to work together to protect the environment, community and economy from the negative impacts of pest animals and to support outcomes for biosecurity and sustainable landscapes.

Western Local Land Services Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper said farmers lose $83 million in wool, sheep-meat and beef production due to rabbits, dogs, goats and foxes, demonstrating the scale of the issue.  

“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,” he said.

“We’re working towards a shared solution to pest animals across our region and the state.

“Our draft regional strategic pest animal management plan outlines strategies to help provide a solution to current problems but we want to hear from all interested parties to make sure we have got it right.

“If pest animals are an issue for you then make sure you speak up during the consultation period.”

The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Western Regional Pest Animal Committee and Western Local Land Services.

For more information, download a copy of the plan and have your say by clicking here.

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

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