Targeting pests in the Territory


Released 27/07/2012

Rabbits, wild dogs, feral goats, pigs, carp and other exotic pests will be the target of a new strategy designed to prevent and manage pest animals in the ACT and reduce the harmful damage to our environment, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.

"The ACT takes a strategic approach to the management of both exotic pests, and native animals that can cause damage, and the ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2012-2022 sets the framework for reducing their adverse impacts," Mr Corbell said.

"As part of the strategy a taskforce known as the Pest Animal Management Group (PAMG) will be formed to coordinate activities across management and policy areas within the ACT Government, and oversee coordinated control programs across the ACT and into NSW.

"The group will be responsible for overseeing key objectives including measures to prevent the introduction of new pest species, reducing damage by established pests and native animals and increasing awareness, understanding and coordination.

"This strategy will serve as a guide for government, land managers, community groups and individuals with responsibility for, or interest in, the management of pest animals."

Mr Corbell said the strategy was developed with valuable input from a range of stakeholders and the public.

"Experts on pest animal management from the University of Canberra, CSIRO, the Australian and NSW Governments and the ACT Rural Landholders Association have guided the development of the strategy, along with individuals and community groups who contributed through the public submission process," he said.

"We all have a responsibility in protecting our local environment and ensuring a strategic formula is set out to manage pests is an important way a coordinated approach can be taken."

The Pest Animal Management Strategy builds on the ACT Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy but was expanded to include management of invertebrate pest animals such as wasps, bees, ants, termites and freshwater crustaceans.

The strategy is available at www.environment.act.gov.au/environment2  and hard copies can be requested on 13 22 81 or by emailing environment@act.gov.au

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