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Nationwide incursion planning – have your say

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Land managers, biosecurity specialists, and the community at large are invited to have their say on a new draft strategy to prevent exotic species from establishing in Australia.

The consultation process for The Draft National Incursion Prevention and Response Strategy for Potentially Invasive Animals (2017-2022) was announced at the 17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, held in Canberra.

The draft strategy was developed through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre in consultation with the Invasive Animals and Plants Committee (IPAC) Vertebrate Pest Incursions Expert Group, and the Australian state and territory governments.

Bruce M Christie, Chair of IPAC and NSW Dept. Primary Industries Deputy Director-General said that it is important to have a national approach to prevent and/or respond to exotic incursion threats.

“The development of this draft strategy is a big step forward in our ability to minimise the risk of additional pests establishing in Australia and we encourage members of the public to have their say on the current draft,” said Mr Christie.

Dr Michelle Christy, the Invasive Animals CRC National Incursions Response Facilitator, based at the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA who compiled the draft strategy, said that the most efficient and cost-effective invasive species approach is to prevent their arrival.

“Considering the potential for enormous financial and environmental repercussions as the number of exotic species establishing in Australia continues to grow, it is important that a national strategy is in place.

“Public consultation of the draft Strategy is intended to encapsulate community, industry, and government views, owing to the vital role they play in the management of incursion risks in Australia.

“It encourages stakeholders across Australia to have their say on the national incursion system, what works, what doesn’t, what could be done better, and how to continue strengthening partnerships across the system,” said Dr Christy.

The consultation period is open until 5pm AEDST 02 June 2017. Feedback may be provided through the on-line facility at www.pestsmart.org.au/national-incursions-strategy-consultation

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