First hear­ing on con­trol of in­va­sive an­i­mals

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE first of Pub­lic hear­ings for the par­lia­men­tary in­quiry in­ves­ti­gat­ing the con­trol of in­va­sive an­i­mals on Crown land com­menced on Mon­day.

A di­verse range of or­gan­i­sa­tions will present their views to the En­vi­ron­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee at the hear­ing, which will be held from 10am to 5pm in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil Com­mit­tee Room at Par­lia­ment House.

The Game Man­age­ment Author­ity will be the first to give ev­i­dence, along with the In­va­sive Species Coun­cil, Sport­ing Shoot­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the RSPCA and others.

More than 100 sub­mis­sions have been re­ceived for the in­quiry, which is ex­am­in­ing what is work­ing, what isn’t and what more can be done to tackle the prob­lem of in­va­sive an­i­mals.

The Com­mit­tee will also be hold­ing hear­ings in re­gional Vic­to­ria as it ex­am­ines how con­trol of in­va­sive an­i­mals is dealt with in dif­fer­ent lo­cal­i­ties.

The hear­ing sched­ule and sub­mis­sions are avail­able from the Com­mit­tee’s web­site.

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