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Valuable pest animal insights result from visit

NRC North Coast site visitNorth Coast Local Land Services has praised landholders and stakeholders who participated in this week's visit by the Natural Resources Commission, who are examining pest animal issues across the state.

Mark Bulley, Acting Chair of North Coast Local Land Services said, "We greatly appreciate landholders and stakeholders sharing their experiences with the Natural Resources Commission during this week's tour.

"Many of the participants travelled long distances to present their issues and their involvement has ensured that we have an in-depth understanding of the diverse range of issues we face here on the North Coast in addressing pest animal issues.

"The issues and solutions presented will help shape the state's direction for managing these pest animals and ensure that North Coast issues will be considered.

NRC North Coast meetingThe two-day visit to Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour examined wild deer and both rural and peri-urban wild dog issues. The tour included a number of in-depth stakeholder discussions and site visits to pest animal hot-spot areas and project sites where control methods are being undertaken or researched.

Bryce Wilde, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Commission said of the visit, "It was important to hear about the wide range of impacts pest animals are creating on the North Coast, in particular deer and wild dogs.

"We heard from multi-generational farmers who are suffering from the scourge of wild dogs and how dogs are increasing their distribution in rural-residential settings, creating new challenges for effective control.

"Local landholders raised a range of options from greater capacity building, resourcing, more control options for managing deer, to shared responsibility and accountability across all public and private landholders.

"All options are on the table and we are seeking the views of all stakeholders on how we can better control pest animals."

The Commission is encouraging the public to make a submission to the Issues Paper.  

The findings from the tour and Issues Paper consultation will help inform a draft report on pest animal management, which is scheduled to be released in February 2015. The community will then have further opportunity to make comment on the draft report s and help set the direction for reform.

More information on the review and details on providing a submission to the Issues Paper can be found at http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/pest-animal-management.

Media contact:

Bryce Wilde, Executive Director Natural Resources Commission – 0407 107 310
Michelle Gapes, Communications Officer North Coast LLS - 0429 824 321

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Image 1:  The NRC Group visiting a wild deer hotspot siteImage 2:  The NRC Group viewing maps of pest animal project areas