Local farmers and landholders have been encouraged to make submissions to a Victorian Parliament inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land.
Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said he had received a number of complaints from concerned property owners regarding effects caused by many species including wild dogs, foxes, feral cats and sambar deer on the environment, property and livestock.
“If left unchecked, invasive animals will spiral out of control in certain areas and we have seen that first-hand in East Gippsland,” he said.
“The committee needs to hear from our local people who face issues with invasive animals and this inquiry is an opportunity to have your say on how issues can be addressed on Crown land.
“This issue affects many regional areas across Victoria and city Members of Parliament need to understand the impacts that invasive animals are causing in county areas.”
The Nationals Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Tim McCurdy, is the deputy chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee which is conducting the inquiry.
Mr McCurdy said deer, foxes, wild dogs, rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats were some of the main species causing issues.
Submissions can be made until August 8, 2016. For more information, including how to make a submission and the terms of reference for the committee, visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/enrrdc
Caption: The Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee is seeking feedback on how best to manage invasive animals such as sambar deer (pictured) on Crown land in Victoria. Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, is encouraging affected local landholders to make a submission.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016