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Invasive animal inquiry seeks local input

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging members of the community to make submissions to a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land.

Mr O’Brien said invasive animals such as rabbits, foxes, deer, feral pigs and goats could have devastating effects on the environment, property and livestock if left unchecked.

“I receive regular complaints from concerned property owners about the impact of species such as foxes, rabbits and deer on the environment, property and livestock,” Mr O’Brien 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 your land.”

Mr O’Brien said the issue affected every regional area across Victoria.

“This inquiry will consider the use of properly trained community hunting groups and individuals to control pest animals in places such as national and state parks. It will also help city Members of Parliament to understand the impacts that invasive animals are causing in county areas,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I believe we need to be creative and flexible to tackle pest animals on Crown land and this inquiry will examine the best ways we can do this, including through the use of appropriately trained shooters.  This has already been trialed in my own electorate at Wilsons Promontory National Park and the inquiry will consider the success of this trial.”

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, rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats were some of the main species causing issues.

Submissions can be made until 8 August 2016 and more information, including how to make a submission and the terms of reference for the committee is available at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/enrrdc.

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