After land clearing, weeds are recognised as the most serious threat to endangered native plants and animals in NSW.
This threat is rapidly increasing as more weed species are introduced and spread into new areas.
That’s why the Invasive Species Council has prepared Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril, a 26-page report calling for concerted action, largely from the NSW Government, to address the state’s growing weed problem.
The report has been endorsed by 30 organisations that represent weed experts, bush regenerators, land managers, volunteer weed groups and national, state and local conservation groups.
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It makes 10 detailed recommendations calling for:
More than $50 million of public money (about half from state government), supplemented by a large voluntary expenditure and effort, is currently being spent on weed control in NSW.
However, the effort to control weeds is not keeping up with the rapid spread of weeds, and the NSW Government has conceded it is unlikely to exceed its 2015 target of ‘a reduction in the impact of invasive species’.
Weeds imperil more than 40% of NSW threatened species (mostly plants) and about 90% of endangered ecological communities.
Taking action on weeds creates substantial environmental, social and economic advantages. Weed management is one of the biggest gaps in NSW environmental laws and policies.
ISC calls on the NSW Government and all political parties to embrace the recommendations. The changes can be adopted as part of the NSW Noxious Weeds Act.
Dear National Deer Management Coordinator,
Please accept this as a submission to the National Feral Deer Action Plan.
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I am very concerned about the spread of deer and am pleased that a national plan has finally been developed. Without urgent action, funding and commitment from all levels of government it is clear that feral deer will continue to spread and damage our environment.
The feral deer population in Australia is growing rapidly and spreading across the country, damaging our natural environment, causing havoc for farmers and foresters and threatening public safety. Unlike much of the world where deer are native, our plants and wildlife haven’t evolved to deal with these heavy hard hooved animals with a voracious appetite.
With no natural predators and an ability to adapt to almost all environments, they could occupy almost all of Australia unless stopped. Despite this, state and territory governments have been slow to respond and in Victoria and Tasmania they are still protected by law for the enjoyment of hunters.
This plan should be adopted by all governments but must also be underpinned by dedicated funding and clear responsibilities. A plan without funding or accountability is a plan that will fail and Australia cannot afford for this to fail.
In order to prevent the spread of feral deer and reduce their impact on our native wildlife, ecosystems and agriculture, I ask that the following recommendations be adopted for the final National Feral Deer Action Plan:
1. All federal, state and territory governments should adopt the National Feral Deer Action Plan and declare feral deer to be a priority pest animal species.
2. All federal, state and territory governments should commit to:
3. In order to drive action and the success of this plan, there should be dedicated Commonwealth funding and support for:
4. The expected outcomes for the plan need to be more ambitious, with clear interim targets including:
5. A national feral deer containment map with three zones should be adopted. It should be more ambitious than the zone map in the current draft plan and there should be greater clarity in the naming of the zones. Improvements that should be adopted include:
6. There should be consistent laws and regulations across all states and territories that:
I support the follow principles being adopted in the final National Feral Deer Action Plan: