Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity Strategy

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TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA


Otago Regional Council (ORC) have developed a 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.

We’ve also developed a 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.

We had a thorough consultation process, public submissions and feedback were open from 1 November to 14 December 2018 and hearings were held in June 2019 in Dunedin and Queenstown.

The Hearing Panel have finished their deliberations and their recommendations were brought to an ORC council meeting on 25 September 2019 where Council accepted the recommendations.

The decision on the Otago Regional Pest Management Plan will be formally notified on 1 October 2019.

The Biosecurity Strategy is now operational and is not subject to appeals.

To see the hearing panel’s decision, the Plan, the Strategy, and the related documents click here.

Appeals

ORC will formally notify the decision on the Regional Pest Management Plan on 1 October 2019 opening the appeals period.

Submitters can appeal the ORC’s decision on the Plan by making an application to the Environment Court on the matters set out in section 76(2) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 within 15 working days of 1 October 2019. Any appeal needs to be lodged with the Environment Court in the prescribed form and a copy sent to the Council by 5pm on 22 October 2019. Information about lodging an appeal is available on the Environment Court’s website:

www.environmentcourt.govt.nz/court-process/lodge-appeal-or-application.

To view the notified Plan and Strategy, submissions we received, information relating to the hearings and any appeals we receive, click here.

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



TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA


Otago Regional Council (ORC) have developed a 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.

We’ve also developed a 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.

We had a thorough consultation process, public submissions and feedback were open from 1 November to 14 December 2018 and hearings were held in June 2019 in Dunedin and Queenstown.

The Hearing Panel have finished their deliberations and their recommendations were brought to an ORC council meeting on 25 September 2019 where Council accepted the recommendations.

The decision on the Otago Regional Pest Management Plan will be formally notified on 1 October 2019.

The Biosecurity Strategy is now operational and is not subject to appeals.

To see the hearing panel’s decision, the Plan, the Strategy, and the related documents click here.

Appeals

ORC will formally notify the decision on the Regional Pest Management Plan on 1 October 2019 opening the appeals period.

Submitters can appeal the ORC’s decision on the Plan by making an application to the Environment Court on the matters set out in section 76(2) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 within 15 working days of 1 October 2019. Any appeal needs to be lodged with the Environment Court in the prescribed form and a copy sent to the Council by 5pm on 22 October 2019. Information about lodging an appeal is available on the Environment Court’s website:

www.environmentcourt.govt.nz/court-process/lodge-appeal-or-application.

To view the notified Plan and Strategy, submissions we received, information relating to the hearings and any appeals we receive, click here.

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


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 11 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.