- Friday 24 September 2010
Coast residents are being invited to join in the ongoing battle to protect the region’s natural environment from weeds and pest animals, by having a say on the draft Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan.
The draft Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan will be available for public comment from Saturday 18 September until 4pm on Monday 18 October 2010.
Environment Portfolio holder Councillor Keryn Jones said that pest management is a challenge that the whole community faces together and invites everyone to have a say.
“The Pest Management Plan is a proactive strategy that details the organisations, groups and individuals who have a stake and can play a major role in the fight against weeds and pest animals invading the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Jones said.
“Pests, in particular foxes and cats, are having major impacts on native animal populations, while many of south east Queensland's 1000 weed species continue to threaten the Coast’s native vegetation.
“These invaders degrade natural ecosystems and agricultural land, threaten our native plants and animals and interfere with human health and recreation.
“Once pests become established, significant resources in time, money, equipment and supplies must be spent to control them and ongoing programs conducted to rehabilitate ecosystems which have been affected.”
Cr Jones said that this is a plan of attack for the whole community.
This is a plan for all of the Sunshine Coast community, not just council and it will play a pivotal role in developing and maintaining partnerships between everyone involved from council, landowners and residents to business and industry,” Cr Jones said.
“The plan establishes local priorities and sets strategies and actions that address the environmental, economic and social impacts of the weed and pest animal invasion.
“We need everyone on board if we are to manage weed and pest animal populations throughout the Sunshine Coast.”
Submissions will be accepted until 4pm on Monday 18 October 2010.
Visit the community engagement section of council’s website for more details.