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Regional Pest Management Strategies

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is currently preparing new Regional Pest Management Strategies for weed and pest animal management of national parks and reserves across NSW.

The strategies have been prepared to provide a strategic approach to pest management on lands managed by the NPWS under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The strategies aim to minimise adverse impacts of pests on biodiversity, protected areas and the community. The strategies achieve this through identifying and focusing on the highest priority programs, ensuring that actions are achievable and delivering measurable outcomes. These strategies recognise that pest species are a problem across the landscape. Programs are developed and often carried out in collaboration with neighbours, other government agencies, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, local councils, regional pest committees, universities and community groups.

As part of the process of developing these strategies, a comprehensive stakeholder and community consultation process was undertaken during August and September 2011, to identify areas of interest and issues which needed to be addressed in the preparation of the strategy.

Fifteen regional consultation forums were held across NSW and were attended by more than 380 stakeholders. NPWS would like to thank all those who attended the consultation forums. Your involvement at the forums was greatly appreciated and your contribution will help to ensure the Regional Pest Management Strategies for 2012 to 2015 result in improved outcomes for the environment, as well as for rural communities and agricultural enterprises who neighbour national parks.

A state-level stakeholder roundtable forum was held on 15 November 2011. It was hosted by the Minister for the Environment and attended by high level representatives from government departments and non-government organisations involved in pest management across NSW. The outcomes of the forum were positive with agreement to improve coordination of pest management across the landscape in NSW.

Each of the 14 NPWS regions has prepared a new Draft Regional Pest Management Strategy for public exhibition until 29 February 2012. Members of the public are invited to provide comment on these draft strategies during this time. All submissions received before the end of the exhibition period will be considered before finalising the strategies early in 2012. We welcome comments from neighbours, landholders and other interested parties on specific pest problems and their priorities, on how NPWS can do things differently and on how you would like us to communicate with you about our work.
The new Regional Pest Management Strategies are divided into Part A and Part B. Part A is common to all 14 regions and provides the broader planning framework for the management of pests by NPWS. Part B describes the local circumstances within each NPWS Region and applies the Part A framework to prioritise specific pest management programs.

Electronic copies of the draft strategies can be downloaded below or paper copies are available from NPWS offices across NSW. Submission of comments can be made electronically to the contact email for each strategy below or paper copies can be submitted to NPWS offices.

Click here to go to the official NPWS web page for full details and downloads.

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