Have your say on the draft pest animal management plan in Byron Shire

Published on 08 August 2018

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Byron Shire Council is inviting feedback from the community on a revised draft plan to manage pest animals in Byron Shire.

Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the draft Pest Animal Management Plan looks at the problem of pest animals and ways to address and manage the impacts of pest animals primarily on Council-managed land particularly in the areas of prevention, eradication, containment and asset protection.

“This plan is something that all people living in the Byron Shire should be interested in because under the Biosecurity Act 2015 all land managers, regardless of whether on private or public land have a shared responsibility to manage pests and their impacts,” Mr Richardson said.

“When we talk about pest animals we include wild dogs, European red fox, feral cats, European rabbit, Indian myna and cane toads,” he said.

“Through our public consultation phase we learnt there is some coordination and collaboration among private land managers to manage pest animals, particularly wild dogs and foxes.

“There is however scope for Council to strengthen these private initiatives by supporting private land managers to fulfill their obligation to manage pest animals and encourage a collaborative approach by offering technical advice and support, and acting as a conduit between private and public land manager such as the Local Land Service.

Pest animals have major environmental economic, social and cultural impacts, and most Australian states have legislation requiring land managers to manage pests on the land they own or occupy to reduce impacts. In the majority of scenarios, there is an inter-relationship between the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.

 “Council has been working closely with the public and private land managers as well as the local community to develop the draft Plan,” Mayor Richardson said.

“We are now asking the community to review the draft Byron Shire Pest Animal Management Plan and submit feedback,” he said.

The draft Byron Shire Pest Animal Management Plan is on public exhibition for a period of six weeks until 20 September 2018.

For more information all Clare Manning Byron Shire Council’s Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324.

How to make a written submission?

  • Visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/public-exhibition
  • Internet access to the draft Plan is also available at the ‘self-help’ kiosks in the foyer of Council’s Administration Building, Station Street Mullumbimby, where a hard copy of the draft Plan can also be viewed.
  • Call Clare Manning Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324 to make an appointment to speak with Council staff about the draft Plan.
  • Submissions can be made by email to submissions@byron.nsw.gov.au  or post to The General Manager, PO Box 219 Mullumbimby 2482.