Councils getting behind Govt plans to take over pest control

Author
Felix Marwick,
Publish Date
Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 11:26AM
Environment Minister Nick Smith (Getty Images)
Environment Minister Nick Smith (Getty Images)

Councils getting behind Govt plans to take over pest control

Author
Felix Marwick,
Publish Date
Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 11:26AM

Regional councils are getting right behind Government plans to take over the rules of 1080 and other pest control.

Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced 1080 poison and other measures would be covered by standard controls set by the Environmental Protection Authority.

This will be mean each regional council won't have to set their own pest control rules.

Chair of the Otago Regional Council and head of the Regional Sector Group, Stephen Woodhead, said the proposal will make it much easier for councils.

"There has been a duplication in the regulation, which has added significant time and cost to some of these processes, and the Minister's proposal will take that duplication out of the process."

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, is welcoming the Government’s response to one of her key recommendations on the management of 1080.

“I am very pleased to see that the Government is proposing to make the regulations that control 1080 use consistent across the country," said Dr Wright.

She highlighted the enormous damage done by possums, rats, and stoats to native animals and plants in her 2011 report ‘Evaluating the use of 1080: Predators, poisons and silent forests'.

Satisfaction from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, over the introduction of nationally consistent pest control rules.

Dr Jan Wright is welcoming the Government’s response to one of her key recommendations on the management of 1080.

She highlighted the enormous damage done by possums, rats, and stoats to native animals and plants in her 2011 report ‘Evaluating the use of 1080: Predators, poisons and silent forests.’