Environment and Water Agriculture | July 18, 2016
Invasive animal inquiry seeks local input
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is encouraging affected community members to make submissions to a Victorian Parliament inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land.
“I have received a number of complaints from concerned property owners regarding effects caused by foxes and feral cats on the environment, property and livestock,” Ms Kealy said.
“If left unchecked invasive animals will spiral out of control in certain areas.
“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.
“This issue effects many regional areas across Victoria and city Members of Parliament need to understand the impacts that invasive animals are causing in county areas,” she said.
The Nationals Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Mr 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. For more information, including how to make a submission and the terms of reference for the committee please visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/enrrdc