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Have your say on the management of pest plans in the South East region

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

South East Local Land Services Biosecurity Coordinator Kylie Challen said the economic impact of wild rabbits, carp, pigs, foxes, dogs, goats and introduced birds had been estimated at $170 million in NSW.

“The South East 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 risk 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 South East Regional Pest Animal Committee and South East Local Land Services.

Ms Challen 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 South East 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 in Cooma and Goulburn to explain how the plan was developed, what it means for the region and how to provide input into the final plan.

Cooma                                                Goulburn

14 March                                             15 March

10 am – 12 pm                                    10 am – 12 pm

Cooma Ex-Services Club                    Grace-Millsom Centre

RSVP on 02 6452 1455                      RSVP on 02 4824 1900

Anyone who has a concern about pest animal management is encouraged to attend an information session and/or comment on the South East Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

For more information, download a copy of the plan and have your say: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/pestplan.

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

ENDS

Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880