Have your say on the management of pest animals in the Riverina region
08 March 2018
Riverina Local Land Services is encouraging interested individuals and organisations to have their say on the draft Riverina Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.
Riverina Local Land Services General Manager Rob Kelly said the economic impact of wild rabbits, carp, pigs, foxes, dogs, goats and introduced birds had been estimated at $170 million in NSW.
“The Riverina 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,” Mr Kelly 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 Riverina Regional Pest Animal Committee and Riverina Local Land Services.
Mr Kelly said the plan prioritised pest animals in the 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 Riverina is a complex and challenging situation which cannot be ignored. We can only win the fight against pest animals by working in partnership,” he 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 provide input into the final plan.
Friday 16 March 2018 from 10-12pm, Hay Golf Course, Sturt Highway, Hay South NSW 2711
Tuesday 20 March 2018 from 10-12pm, Commercial Club, 77 Gurwood St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Wednesday 21 March 2018 from 10-12pm, Binya Hall, 5429 Burley Griffin Way, Binya NSW 2665
Thursday 22 March 2018 from 10-12pm, Tumut Bowling Club, 24-30 Richmond St, Tumut NSW 2720
Tuesday 27 March 2018 from 10-12pm, Pleasant Hills Community Hotel, Manson St, Pleasant Hills, NSW 2658
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: https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/pestplan
The plan will be on public exhibition until Friday 20 April 2018.
Media contact: Hannah Ritchie, Riverina Local Land Services, Phone: 0448 851 224