Media release

NSW and Victoria should declare deer feral pests – in line with Queensland and SA

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The Invasive Species Council (ISC) today urged the Victorian and NSW governments to declare deer feral pests and implement control programs to protect the environment and agriculture – in line with states across their borders. The call comes after the Queensland primary industries minister Tim Mulherin today announced that seven deer species would be declared…

ISC welcomes launch of national invasive species alliance

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The Invasive Species Council today welcomed the launch of the Stop Invasive Species Alliance, a coalition of 17 national and state environment groups of which ISC is a founding member. ISC president Steve Mathews said the launch of the Stop Invasive Species Alliance was the best possible way to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity…

Professional, not amateur, deer control needed

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The opening this weekend of the NSW deer hunting season has sparked a call from conservation groups for professional deer control programs to replace the ad hoc, unplanned and ineffective efforts of recreational hunting on public land as a means of controlling the pest animal problem. NSW National Parks Association and Australia’s Invasive Species Council…

Bitou bush is bad now, but wait until climate change hits

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As Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today launches a guide to tackle the spread of one of Australia’s most destructive weeds along New South Wales’ coastline the Invasive Species Council has warned that weed problems will get much worse under climate change. Mr Garrett is launching a new Bitou Bush Management Manual at La Parouse,…

Deer hunting scheme will cost us dear

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The Invasive Species Council today called on the Victorian Government to scrap its proposed recreational hunting scheme, which will considerably worsen environmental damage from feral deer. As documented in its report, A Deer Mistake, evidence from all over the world shows that recreational hunting almost never achieves effective control of feral animals. Author of the report and…

Thumbs up for NT gamba grass weed declaration

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The Invasive Species Council has welcomed the declaration of gamba grass as a weed by the Northern Territory government (which follows bans by the Queensland and Western Australian governments). ISC also called for better protection against other fire-promoting pasture grasses. “Gamba grass is the worst of the worst, the triffid of the plant world,” ISC…

Savannah cats: Australia wide open to bigger, meaner, tougher pests

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Under current laws the Australian environment could be devastated by the importation of all sorts of bigger, tougher, and meaner varieties of existing feral pests. The Invasive Species Council welcomes recent scientific and public concern about the mega Savannah cats, for highlighting major loopholes in federal environmental laws that typically do not require risk assessments…