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Leschenault Biosecurity Group

2016-2017 Operational Plan

Introduction

The 2016-17 Operational Plan identifies the actions required over the next 12 months to manage Declared pests in the region. It will assist landholders to meet their responsibilities under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) and to reduce the impacts of pest plants and animals on landholders and the environment.

Our Aim (Vision)

To have a sustainable, secured system in place for the management and control of pests and weeds in the Leschenault Region by the end of 2018, with a review of the funding basis, group structure and operational framework for beyond 2018.

Our Role (Purpose)

Initiate, promote and foster the management of established declared pests in the Leschenault Region, which includes, but is not limited to the Shires of Donnybrook, Dardanup, Capel, and the City of Bunbury.

Strategic Approach

The strategic approach is agreed as:

Why the Operational Plan is required:

The Leschenault Biosecurity Group (LBG) is playing a key role in assisting land managers to prevent and manage high risk animal and plant pests throughout the region.

Data from a range of sources shows that the Leschenault Catchment has significant populations of high risk animal and plant pests. These pose substantial environmental and economic risks to food production holdings, unallocated Crown land and river systems.

Major high risk pests include:

Desired Outcomes

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome One: Awareness and Education
Stakeholders are informed, knowledgeable and have ownership of weed and pest animal management Public awareness Increase community, industry, agribusiness and government awareness of pests and their impacts
Education and training Enhance stakeholder knowledge of pest impacts and improve skills in pest management
Availability of information Make information accessible to all stakeholders

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome Two: Commitment and Partnerships
All stakeholders are committed to and undertake coordinated management of weed and pest animals Long term commitment Establish long term shared stakeholder commitment to address weed and pest animal issues
Roles and responsibilities Establish roles and responsibilities for pest management that are accepted by landholders, community, industry and government
Compliance and enforcement Ensure compliance with legislative requirements for control of weeds and pest animals

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome Three: Informed decision making
Reliable information is available as a basis for decision-making Date collection and assessment Collect, use and make available data relevant to pest management
Biology and impacts Further the understanding of the biology, ecology, and impacts of weeds and pest animals
Community attitudes Further the understanding of community attitudes to weeds and pest animal management

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome Four: Strategic Directions
Strategic directions are established, maintained and owned by all stakeholders Planning Create and maintain regional planning framework for weed and pest animal management
Strategy management and coordination Implement, monitor, evaluate and review integrated weed and pest animal management
Resources Efficiently and adequately resource weed and pest animal management
Holistic management Integrate pest management planning with other planning processes

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome Five: Prevention, eradication and containment
Prevention, eradication and containment Prevention of introduction Prevent the introduction of new weeds and pest animals
Early detection and eradication Prevent the local establishment of new weeds and pest animals
Containment Minimise the spread of weeds and pest animals to new areas

Desired Outcomes Issues Specific Outcomes
Outcome Six: Integrated Management
Integrated Management Development of management practices Develop new and improve existing management practices
Adoption of management practices Adopt and promote best practice management
Management incentives Offer incentives for practicing best management
Population and impact management Reduce pest populations and impacts
Environmentally significant areas Protect environmentally significant areas from impact of pests

Challenges to effective pest management


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