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Regional pest animal committee meets in Braidwood

December 2017/January 2018

The new South East regional pest animal committee met for the first time in Braidwood in early December. The committee is charged with delivering a strategic pest animal management plan for the South East by July 2018, as recommended in the Natural Resource Commission’s review on pest animal management and underpinned by the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 which came into effect on July 1 2017.

The committee is comprised of key local biosecurity stakeholders including private land managers, who have skills and experience in pest animal management and or strategic planning. Committee members will provide advice and feedback and help shape the priorities and direction of the local South East plan.

The aim of the first meeting was to confirm the committee’s objectives, key deliverables and timeframes. Also a state wide list of 64 pest species was reviewed and reduced to 21 locally occurring or emerging pests. These will then undergo a more rigorous prioritisation and classification process.

The committee agreed that the prioritisation and classification process to employ is the Pest Animal Risk Management Guide, developed and used in South Australia. The guide will help us determine which species need what level of attention and on what scale.

For example some species may need to be managed regionally and others may need more localised management approaches. Classification based on asset management will help define if a pest is to be categorised for prevention, eradication, containment and whether particular assets need protection or further research is required. The contribution of the committee and their engagements with communities around the region will be crucial in making these strategic decisions.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for late January, where the results of the prioritisation and classification process will be tabled, discussed and the pathway for the completion of the plan will be agreed upon.

To find out more about the committee or biosecurity in the South East, please contact me via email or on 02 4842 2594.