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Have your say in tackling pest problem

Murray Local Land Services will host representatives of the Natural Resources Commission next month in Deniliquin to hear community views on managing pest animals in the Murray region.

Murray Local Land Services General Manager, Gary Rodda, said it was important that local communities took part in the statewide process to improve the management of pests.

“We work very closely with our local communities to address the severe problems wild dogs, rabbits, feral pigs and foxes are causing in our region,” he said.

“The visit from the Commission is a great opportunity for landholders and community members to voice their concerns and share their local knowledge to help tackle pests.”

All those interested in having their say are invited to attend a public meeting at the Deniliquin RSL Club, 72 End St, on Wednesday 11 May from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

The meeting forms part of a statewide series of public meetings to gather community feedback on the Commission’s draft report, Shared Problem, Shared Solutions and recommendations on pest animal management.

Commissioner Dr John Keniry said: “Pest animals know no boundaries and no one is immune from the major impacts they have on agricultural production and on our valued native wildlife.

“Pests are causing considerable stress to farmers and communities and are costing landholders too much money to manage them.”

Currently pest animals cause $170 million in losses each year in NSW, while 40 percent of NSW-listed threatened species are affected by pest animals.

“Our review found that if we are to successfully control pest animals, we need cross-tenure approaches supported by effective on-ground professional coordinators, good strategies and plans, strong enforcement and world-leading research,” said Dr Keniry.

The Commission’s draft recommendations address new and emerging risks of pest animals by focusing on risk pathways, surveillance and education, while ensuring funds to respond to these risks are readily available.

“Pest animals are a shared problem that needs shared solutions from all members of the community. We encourage all who are impacted by these pests to attend a public meeting and help ensure that NSW pest animal management reform is tailored to local needs,” said Dr Keniry.

To RSVP to the public meeting, access the draft report or make a submission, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/pest-animal-management.