Public Consultation Open On Management Of Invasive Species

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has welcomed an announcement by Minister Niall Blair that new plans for the management of invasive pest are open for public consultation and has called on landholders in Baulkham Hills to submit their feedback on the plans.

“I encourage communities and landholders to participate in the consultation and provide valuable feedback on the plan to guide future investment,” Mr Elliott said.

“Invasive species pose one of the biggest threats to the biodiversity in the state and have huge effects on farming and production.

“This is why it is so important to get a good idea from the community of which species are affecting them and should be prioritised.”

The NSW Invasive Species Plan 2015–2022 provides actions to prevent and effectively manage the introduction and spread of invasive species including weeds, vertebrate and invertebrate animal pests, freshwater and marine aquatic pests.

A review of the existing NSW Invasive Species Plan 2008-2015 was undertaken to ensure NSW is best placed to tackle pest animals and weeds.

The draft plan has been developed by a working committee with expertise in all facets of invasive species management, including the Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services, Crown Lands, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Farmers, Weeds Officers Association, Local Government NSW and the Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee.

Feedback can be submitted to invasive.species@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Public consultation on the draft plan closes on 2 October 2015.