ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy released
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 the environment.
Releasing the ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2012-2022, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced that a taskforce to be 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 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.
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.