The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan consultation process has now been completed and Council has adopted the Draft Plan.
The principle goal of the Regional Pest Management Plan is to limit the adverse effects of unwanted plants, animals, horticultural and marine pests. These invasive species can have wide ranging effects on human health, indigenous flora and fauna, our heritage, or the economy. When finalised, this Plan will supercede the current Regional Pest and Phytosanitary Management Strategies.
Regional pest management sits within a biosecurity framework for the Hawke’s Bay region, which includes:
Positive engagement from the community through the release of a discussion document in 2017 has helped shape this proposed plan. Council has also been working with key stakeholders including farmers, contractors, agencies and members of the community.
We are currently at Step 7 – decision and final adoption. Pursuant to section 75 of the Biosecurity Act 1993, Council adopted the Report and Recommendations of the Hearing Panel as the Council's written report and decision on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan 2018-2038 at the Council meeting held on 28 November 2018. Those who submitted on the Plan and do not agree with the Councils decision are entitled to refer that decision to the Environment Court pursuant to section 76 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. Any application to the Environment Court under Clause (5) must be made within 15 working days after the date of the public notice.
Over the past 15 years, approximately 80% of HBRC’s biosecurity budget has been focussed on pests affecting agricultural production. There is now a growing community expectation for a greater focus on protecting our native species and habitats and to recognise the biodiversity gains achieved from our current programmes. The plan reflects this change in attitude.
Major changes in the proposed plan are -
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