Getting the better of pests

Taranaki’s new pest management blueprint is set for final approval next month after the Policy and Planning Committee today heard verbal submissions and made minor adjustments.

Today’s hearing is the final step in a consultation and pre-hearing process that began in May and resulted in 10 largely positive submissions. Two submitters presented in person today, mainly seeking technical adjustments to the two documents that make up the blueprint, the Pest Management Plan and the Biosecurity Strategy. The Committee today agreed to some of the suggested amendments, and the two documents will go to a full Council meeting on 21 November for final approval.

The Plan sets out enforceable rules relating to pest management and the Strategy, a first for the region, covers complementary non-regulatory measures including community-based programmes.

- Taranaki Regional Council