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Regional Strategic Pest Animal Plans launched

The Central Tablelands Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management plan was launched last week.

Eleven plans were announced state-wide with each of the Local Land Services regions now having a tailored plan which identifies priority pest animal and appropriate management tools.

Senior Land Services Officer (Biosecurity) Paul Gibb said the development of regional pest animal committees saw locals making decisions on what was important in the region.

“The plan was written in consultation with stakeholders and the community to ensure it was fit for purpose for the Central Tablelands. It was also open for public comment for six weeks, and we ran six sessions across the region to ensure everyone had their chance for input,” he said.

The plans will guide resourcing and investment decisions for government, industry and individual landholders that can be dedicated to coordinated pest animal management, Mr Gibb said.

“We know the huge impact pest animals have on primary production, communities and our natural environment, and they also pose very real biosecurity risks through spreading weeds and disease,” he said.

“On top of this they prey on native animals and livestock, and can cause land erosion and waterway degradation.”

“This plan was developed by local people who have seen this impact first hand in the Central Tablelands.”

The plans are part of the NSW Government’s response to the state-wide independent review conducted by the Natural Resource Commission which identified improvements to the management of pest animals across the state.

Effective July 1, existing pest control orders under the Local Land Services Act 2013 have been repealed and are subject to the Biosecurity Act 2015 and Regulation.