Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity Strategy

Consultation has concluded


TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA


Otago Regional Council (ORC) has drafted a proposed Regional Pest Management Plan, which sets out the framework for how pest plants and animals specified in the plan will be managed in the Otago region over the next 10 years.

Alongside this we have developed a proposed Biosecurity Strategy, which sets out ORC's biosecurity priorities and a programme of action for how we will deliver biosecurity activities over the next 10 years.

Consultation closed on 14 December 2019.

You can find the proposed documents on the right side of this page.

In the "More Info" tab below you can find a guide that gives you an overview about the proposed plan and strategy.

If you have any questions you can use the "Ask Us a Question" tab below or email us at pests@orc.govt.nz


Next steps...

Submissions are now available to view on the right hand side of this page. A hearing date is yet to be set but stay tuned on this page for updates.


TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA


Otago Regional Council (ORC) has drafted a proposed Regional Pest Management Plan, which sets out the framework for how pest plants and animals specified in the plan will be managed in the Otago region over the next 10 years.

Alongside this we have developed a proposed Biosecurity Strategy, which sets out ORC's biosecurity priorities and a programme of action for how we will deliver biosecurity activities over the next 10 years.

Consultation closed on 14 December 2019.

You can find the proposed documents on the right side of this page.

In the "More Info" tab below you can find a guide that gives you an overview about the proposed plan and strategy.

If you have any questions you can use the "Ask Us a Question" tab below or email us at pests@orc.govt.nz


Next steps...

Submissions are now available to view on the right hand side of this page. A hearing date is yet to be set but stay tuned on this page for updates.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • I am concerned about the inclusion of feral cats as the implications of this will give free licence to kill to a lot of cat haters and just general low life degenerates to kill much loved domestic cats eg recent example of cats being killed/maimed in the Dunedin area - How is this proposed to be managed?

    Kirsty asked 5 months ago

    Feral cats are proposed to be included in the Regional Pest Management Plan under site-led management programmes in the Otago Peninsula, West Harbour, Goat Island and Quarantine Island areas only.  This does not give people free licence to kill other peoples cats, but simply means that ORC will help groups and communities in these areas manage feral cats that affect the special biodiversity in these areas. “Feral” is defined in the pest plan as “wild or otherwise unmanaged”. There is no intention to kill or otherwise harm domestic cats or stray cats and this does not give any one a free licence to kill domestic or stray cats either. The intention is to work with these communities to control feral cats, and only in the Dunedin site led areas described above.

    The implications of feral cats being included in the pest plan mean that ORC will support and bolster existing efforts by the communities in the site led areas to protect the biodiversity values by managing a range of plant and predator pests. This may be through funding to volunteer initiatives, advocacy, education, development of management plans, or support to or delivery of initiatives to control pests that predate on wildlife. Further information on why feral cats have been included in the plan can be found on page 68 of the proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and further information on the implementation of site-led programmes can be found in the proposed Biosecurity Strategy.