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Joint release: Have your say in tackling the pest problem

Wild Dog Surveillance ImageNorth Coast Local Land Services will be hosting representatives of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to explore different on-ground issues of pest animal management on the North Coast.  The visit will listen to stakeholder ideas and concerns and explore suggestions and opportunities for improved management approaches.

North Coast Local Land Services is working closely with the Hastings Wild Deer Working Group to develop a management plan for wild deer in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Region and with a broad range of landholders and land managers across the North Coast region to research and develop responses to problems being experienced with peri-urban wild dogs.

The Natural Resources Commission representatives will meet with local landholders and stakeholders who are impacted by these two pest animals and over the two days a range of responses will be examined.

Landholders and the broader community are being encouraged to provide feedback on an Issues Paper exploring opportunities for reform of pest animal management across NSW.  The Issues Paper for the State-wide review of pest animal management is the first step of a review of pest animal management in NSW being carried out by the Natural Resources Commission at the request of the Premier.

The review was one of the pre-election commitments made to the NSW Farmers Association in 2013.

NRC Commissioner John Keniry said, "We believe it is important to take a fresh look at what is and is not working when it comes to managing pest animals. Nothing has been ruled in or out, and if we are truly going to tackle the pest animal problem, then we need the NSW community's help on how to get there."

Currently pest animals are estimated to cost the Australian economy $1 billion annually. They have significant social and emotional impacts on farmers and rural communities, and 40 percent of NSW listed threatened species are affected by pest animals.

"There are some broadly accepted principles of shared responsibility, along with cross-tenure coordination and landscape wide pest management which underpin the issues paper," Dr Keniry said.­

Following extensive community consultation, the NRC will provide a draft report in February 2016, and final recommendations to the Premier in June 2016.

More information about the issues paper, terms of reference and details on providing a submission can be found at http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/pest-animal-management

 

Media Contact:

John Keniry, Commissioner – 0428 672 694

Bryce Wilde, Executive Director – 0407 107 310Image:  Surveillance cameras are used extensively on the north coast to track wild dog activity.