Community briefing session on carp control - Balranald
23 October 2017
Residents in the Balranald area are invited to attend a community briefing session hosted by the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) and Murray Local Land Services on 6 November from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The community briefing session will be held at the Balranald Ex-Serviceman’s Club and will provide participants an opportunity to hear first-hand from the NCCP and Murray Local Land Services, as well for the local community to contribute feedback to the plan.
The NCCP is investigating ways to control carp centered on the use of a species-specific virus known as Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (the carp virus) as a biocontrol agent, and to ensure that risks associated with its potential use are identified and mitigated.
Operating through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government, the $15 million initiative will provide detailed information to enable governments to make a well-informed decision on the best approach for carp control at the end of 2018.
NCCP National Coordinator Matt Barwick says waterways are the lifeblood of many rural and regional communities and they need to be rehabilitated.
“While these community briefing sessions are important for us to share the background, context and desired outcomes of the NCCP, they also provide an opportunity to hear from community members about how the prevalence of carp impact on them, their lifestyle or business,” Mr Barwick says.
“We want to work collaboratively with the local community - as healthy river systems and waterways result in healthier communities.”
“We value the opinions and beliefs of the Balranald region, and we want to understand the ecological values of the affected river systems and waterways and any likely direct or indirect impacts, be it social, environmental, economic or cultural, that may eventuate,” Mr Barwick says.
Murray Local Land Services is working with the NCCP to ensure local issues are considered in the plan.
“We encourage all members of the community to participate in this briefing session and ask any questions they may have in relation the plan.
“The NCCP is a process, not a foregone conclusion so we encourage residents to share their thoughts and opinions and help shape the recommendations to government,” said Anthony Conallin, Land Services Officer (Water), with Murray Local Land Services.
This event is one of more than 40 community briefing sessions which will be held in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT, Queensland and Western Australia in coming months.
The community briefing session will cover research underpinning carp biocontrol, and summarise work underway under the NCCP and what is yet to come. Murray Local Land Services will provide an update on the issue of carp in our region and a question and answer session will end the evening.
A workshop will be held prior to the community briefing session to allow representatives from key stakeholder groups to inform the NCCP about the prevalence of carp in local waterways, how the waterways are being used by the community and the benefits or impacts carp reduction may have on the community.
To find out where other community briefing sessions are being held and to be kept up to date on the NCCP please visit www.carp.gov.au.
Media inquiries: Nicola Bell, 0429 234 759
For more information: Anthony Conallin, Murray Local Land Services, (02) 6051 2217 or 0428 105 889