With all these consultations one wonders who has time to get anything done.
Simon Corbell has announced the release of the draft Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021, and asks for your thoughts:
“The Strategy provides an opportunity to refresh the approach we take to pest animal management here in the ACT and promotes strategic, lasting and cost-effective outcomes from our local pest animal management programs.
“Pest animals in the ACT cause significant social, environmental and economic damage including loss of biodiversity, loss of crop and livestock production and loss of public amenity.”
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The Strategy expands the scope of the recent ACT Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy to cover all pest animals, including invertebrate pests and management of native animals that cause damage. The Strategy complements the ACT Weeds Strategy 2009-2019, with both strategies together providing a strategic, coordinated approach to pest plants and animal management in the ACT.
The Strategy will set a framework and approach for managing the undesirable social, environmental and economic impacts of pest animals across all land tenures in the ACT.
Key elements of the strategy include consideration of pest animal management in urban areas, stakeholder responsibilities for addressing strategic actions and meeting performance indicators, and a detailed risk assessment guide to assist conservation, rural and urban land managers in prioritising pest animal management activities.
At some point we’re promised the strategy will be up on the environment website. And you have until 26 September to let them know what you think.