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Community called on to have their say on pest animal management

Community members in Greater Sydney are being called on to have their say on pest animal management at a local consultation sessions this month.

The sessions to be held in Richmond, Katoomba, the Central Coast and Camden, will give participants insight into current pest animal programs in the local area as well as a chance to provide feedback on the draft Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan which sets a strategic direction for managing pest animals throughout the region.

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Manager Graham Wilson said the economic impact of pests such as rabbits, foxes, dogs, pigs, goats and introduced birds was estimated at $170 million every year.

“The Greater Sydney Plan sets priorities which guide resourcing and investment for coordinated pest animal management,” he said.

“Pest animals pose a serious threat to threatened species and the environment. Feral pigs alone impact on 361 native species already listed as nationally threatened.

Mr Wilson said the plan focused on key pest animals in the region, outlining how government, community groups and individual landholders can work together to prevent, eradicate, contain and manage the impacts of pest animals.

“The management of pest animals in our region is a complex and challenging situation which can’t be ignored. Collaboration is our best defence when it comes to reducing the impacts of these animals,” he said.

“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on managing pest animals in our region and across the state.”

Mr Wilson said several pest animal control campaigns were currently underway throughout the region.

“These include our ongoing work to control feral pigs in the Megalong Valley, our wild deer control campaign in Macarthur as well as regular wild dog and fox baiting programs in partnership with local landholders,” he said.

For full details on the sessions and to download a copy of the plan visit click here by Friday, 20 April.

Email events.greatersydney@lls.nsw.gov.au to find our more or register your interest.

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Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138