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Time running out to have your say on pest plan

Murray Local Land Services is reminding interested individuals and organisations they have until Friday, 20 April to have their say on the draft Murray Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

Landholders, stakeholders and community members have had the opportunity to consider the plan and provide feedback at community information sessions that were held in Deniliquin and Albury.

For those that were unable to attend a session, feedback can still be provided via the Murray Local Land Services website while the plan is on public exhibition.

The overall purpose of the plan is to get everyone to work together to protect the environment, community and economy from the negative impacts of pest animals and to support outcomes for biosecurity and sustainable landscapes.

Murray Local Land Services Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy said farmers lose $83 million in wool, sheep-meat and beef production due to rabbits, dogs, goats and foxes, demonstrating the scale of the issue.  

“The Murray Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan sets the strategic direction for pest animal management in the region and guides resourcing and investment dedicated to coordinated pest animal management,” he said.

“We’re working towards a shared solution to pest animals across our region and the state.

“Our draft regional strategic pest animal management plan outlines strategies to help provide a solution to current problems but we want to hear from all interested parties to make sure we have got it right.

“If pest animals are an issue for you then make sure you speak up during the consultation period.”

The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Murray Regional Pest Animal Committee and Murray Local Land Services.

For more information, download a copy of the plan and have your say:

The plan will be on public exhibition until Friday, 20 April 2018.

Media contact: Matt Lane, Murray Local Land Services, 02 6051 2252.