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Nature Conservation Policy senior manager Heather Tomlinson and
Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate strategy coordi-
nator Alison McInnes.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Pest review aims
to reduce damage
Canberrans urged to have their say
STRATEGIES to reduce and manage
the damage caused by pest animals in
the ACT are under review in the Draft
ACT Pest Animal Management Strat-
Canberrans are being urged to have
their say on the draft strategy and
provide any information that might be
relevant to the issue.
Nature Conservation Policy senior
manager Heather Tomlinson said the
strategy's purpose was to set the
framework and approach for minimis-
ing the damage that pest animals cause.
"The strategy will guide the man-
agement of pest animals to prevent
new, high-risk species from entering
the ACT and make the best use of
available resources for limiting the
damage caused by pest animals already
established," she said.
"Strategic pest animal management
involves focusing management efforts
on the species that cause the most
damage, and protecting the social,
environmental and economic assets of
highest value that are at highest risk."
The strategy builds on the principles
and approach of the ACT Vertebrate
Pest Management Strategy 2002. Ms
Tomlinson said the framework and
approach was similar and the strategic
direction was similar, however the
strategy had been expanded in scope.
"It is important to understand that
pest animals do not recognise borders
and boundaries between properties, so
a coordinated management approach
between land managers is often requi-
red to achieve effective damage
reduction, including cross-border
cooperation with the NSW Govern-
ment," she said.
The issue of managing pest animals
has been estimated to cost more than
$1 billion dollars across Australia each
year. Ms Tomlinson said it represented
a significant cost to government and
private land managers in the ACT.
"Declared pest animals in the ACT
include mammals, birds, fish, turtles,
insects and freshwater crustaceans,"
"Pest animals such as rabbits reduce
agricultural production through com-
petition for grazing, and predators such
as wild dogs kill stock, causing much
distress to ACT rural families as well
as financial loss."
Pest animals also impact on the
environment and compete with native
animals for space and food.
"An essential consideration in man-
aging pest animals is whether there are
techniques available that are effective,
efficient, economical, safe and humane
to achieve damage reduction," Ms
"The new strategy assists land
managers in making these decisions."
Management of pest animals can
include boundary fences to exclude
them from certain areas, use of
biological control agents, habitat
manipulation, and removing or killing
animals through sprays, baits, fu-
migants, shooting, trapping and mu-
"Pest animal managers always need
to be aware of new and emerging
technologies with the potential for
improving the effectiveness and hu-
maneness of management programs,"
Ms Tomlinson said.
The public is welcome to make
submissions on the draft strategy until
close of business on September 26.
The Draft ACT Pest Animal
Management Strategy is available
from the Environment and Sustainable
Development Directorate website at
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