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Pest animals targeted!

Pest animals targeted!

Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) will work closely with Landholders in the management of pest animals. Almost $300,000 in funding has been announced following a successful application to the Commonwealth Government.

Landholders and communities across the Central Tablelands region will benefit. The funding will be used for the management of pest animals on drought affected properties.

Ian Armstrong, Chairman of the Central Tablelands LLS Board said, "We applied for this funding knowing that many landholders have endured extended dry seasons over recent years, which has lead to an extraordinary increase in pest animal populations".

The funding will be rolled out over the coming months and will include programs to help control feral pigs, wild dogs and feral goats in the Oberon, Lithgow and Mid Western Local Government areas.

Central Tablelands LLS staff will work with existing landholder groups already involved in cooperative pest management in these areas.

"The wider community benefit greatly from the efforts of those who actively and regularly partake in feral animal control, this funding will help us in continuing to support these efforts.

This funding provides us with a great opportunity to support, and work closely with existing community groups who have already produced many positive outcomes through cooperative community involvement in managing pests", said Mr Armstrong.

Central Tablelands LLS Biosecurity Officers assist landholders with pest management across the region including fox, pig, goat and wild dog programs.  Pest animals across the Central Tablelands have an impact on the economy, the environment and the community.

The funding has been awarded to the Central Tablelands LLS region by the Commonwealth Drought Support and On-farm Pest Management Grant Program. 

For more information please contact Mal Leeson, Acting Team Leader Invasive Species at Central Tablelands LLS on 6372 1866.

Interview opportunity: Ian Armstrong is available for interview about this announcement, please call Kylie Krause to arrange.

Media contact:  Kylie Krause 0439 608370