NSW Government Targets Feral Pests

NSW Government Targets Feral Pests

The NSW Government has released its response to the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) review of pest animal management, with a stronger focus on regional pest management a key priority going forward.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said each Local Land Services (LLS) region will develop its own regional pest animal management plan to ensure that pest animal management tools, actions and investments are targeted to the specific needs and impacts in each region.

“Regional pest animal plans will identify the risks in each region, set regional pest animal management priorities, and provide for the coordinated management of pest animal risks within and across LLS regions,” Mrs Williams said.

“Together with regional strategic weed management plans, the regional pest management plans will deliver comprehensive, integrated invasive species planning for each region, and provide guidance on how both public and private land managers can meet their general biosecurity duty.”

“The plans will also guide resourcing and investment decisions for government, industry and individual landholders that can be dedicated to coordinated pest animal management,” Mrs Williams said.

At the State level, a new State Pest Animal Committee will be established in 2017, replacing the existing Pest Animal Council, to provide advice on best practice pest animal management and state-wide oversight.

In response to the NRC recommendation for managing wild deer numbers, the NSW Government will facilitate the development of a NSW Deer Management Strategy by the end of 2017, to provide guidance to stakeholders about the impacts of wild deer and options for control.

“Our area has a significant problem with feral deer and I am pleased that this Strategy will go a long way to help reduce the impact of feral deer on the environment, agriculture and the community,” Mrs Williams said.

The NRC’s state-wide review made 33 recommendations to Government for improving the management of pest animals across all land tenures, to build a more future-proof approach to pest management.

Key areas identified by the NRC review where the NSW Government is taking action include:

  • ensuring strong and responsive pest animal risk management that is outcomes focused;
  • strengthening governance and planning frameworks at the local, regional and state scale;
  • enabling communities to better engage with managing biosecurity and pest animal risks;
  • implementing more strategic management practices;
  • improving the knowledge base through long-term prioritised research activities;
  • targeting funding to areas that achieve highest public benefit.

The full NSW Government response to the NRC review is available on the DPI website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity

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