Environment; Local Issues

Invasive Animal Inquiry Seeks Local Input

18th July 2016

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has urged concerned property owners to have their say as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land.

Mr Walsh said the Victorian Parliament’s Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee was considering the benefits of Parks Victoria and other agencies such as the Game Management Authority’s use of community hunting organisations and individuals in the control of invasive animals on Crown land including but not limited to the following:

  1. Assessment of the biodiversity outcomes, community safety and limitations of the trial conducted by Parks Victoria on control of deer populations in national parks;
  2. Consideration of the application of these types of programs for other invasive animal species in partnership with Crown land managers
  3. Assessment of the relative costs and benefits, financial or otherwise, or other forms of pest control in national parks.

 “This issue effects country areas right across Victoria and city members of Parliament need to understand the impacts that invasive animals are causing,”  Mr Walsh said.

“This inquiry is an opportunity to have your say on how issues can be addressed on your land.”

Mr Walsh said the location of public hearings had not yet been announced, but written or online submissions can be made until 8 August 2016.

For more information, please visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/enrrdc



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