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Community workshop to tackle pest animals

South East Local Land Services is inviting the local community to attend a pest animal workshop at Milton on Friday 2 June.

The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet their local biosecurity team, hear about the programs that Local Land Services have in place to help control pest animals and also report any pest animal issues that they may have.

Christel Wernig and Anne Cherry of Milton has been a driving force behind the workshop and are hopeful that it will be well attended.

“We really do hope that we get a good turn out on the day, we think some people might be surprised by the extent of the work that is going on behind the scenes to help control these pests. The work of Local Land Services is to be commended.”

“We’d encourage any curious or community minded people to come along and see how they can help the community and support the local industries that are the lifeblood of the area,” Anne said.

Pest animals, including wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats, cause much damage to the environment, local wildlife and significant financial and emotional distress to land managers and producers.

Charlie Signorelli, Senior Biosecurity Officer at South East Local Land Services, runs these sessions across the South Coast, and is always keen to talk about the benefits of group control.

“It (group control) really is the key. The more people we have aware and active and drawing on our toolkit of control methods, the more ground we cover. If we cover more ground we reduce the impact of pest animals on our land managers, producers and native wildlife which is a win for the community and the environment. That’s why these workshops are so important,” Charlie said.

If you are interested in attending on the day please contact Charlie on 0418 241 251.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, 0418 513 880, Marketing and communications coordinator, South East Local Land Services