Pest fight proposal
BLACKWOOD Biosecurity Inc has joined the Statewide fight on declared pests, calling on the support of landholders to manage pest species through a proposed rates-based funding process.
Recognised by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the not-for-profit group is the first of its kind in the South West to consider an annual declared pest rate for landholders on rural and urban land.
The rate, which would see landholders pay a yearly fee of $40 for property in town and $50 in rural areas, will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the State Government in a bid to promote community-led pest control.
Blackwood Biosecurity chief executive officer Sheila Howat said while pest species were often difficult and expensive to control, rates-based funding could provide landholders with potential annual funding to address the spread of declared pests.
“The point is to keep it (the money) local,” Ms Howat said.
“The community will have a lot of input as to which species impacts them.
“The money can only be invested in areas where the funds were raised and could change focus depending on what the community is affected by.”
Ms Howat said pest priorities for 2018/19 included plant species such as cape tulips, cotton bush, Paterson’s curse, cleavers and bridal creeper as well as foxes, feral pigs and wild rabbits.