NSW Commission supports successor of Invasive Animals CRC

31 March 2016

The NSW Natural Resources Commission urges a need for continued innovation of pest animal management in Australia and supports the proposed successor to the Invasive Animals CRC, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, to maintain this national momentum.

NSWNRCDraftreport_coverReleased today, the draft pest animal report outlines recommendations for its state-wide review of pest animal management. The Commission highlights the importance of a national approach and collaboration to pest animal management and acknowledges that the NSW government should lead advocacy for and invest in the creation of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.

The report recognises the need for a collaborative model that is supported by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments to enhance research outcomes and opportunities, and minimise wastage. The report acknowledged that until the establishment of the Invasive Animals CRC in 2005, research collaboration in NSW only occurred at a relatively low level and was mostly driven by individual researchers.

Mr Andreas Glanznig, CEO Invasive Animals CRC said it is excellent to see the NSW Natural Resources Commission seeking shared solutions to this important national problem.

“We know that feral animals don’t stop at fences, and we also know that they don’t stop at state borders. It is important that governments recognise the importance of a national entity to provide national collaboration with innovation and impact.

“Through innovative research generated by the Invasive Animals CRC and our research partners we are on track to release the first new rabbit biocontrol agent in 20 years and Australia’s first carp biocontrol agent.

“The draft recommendations in the Commission report recognise that there is no silver bullet to pest animal management and certainly no one-size fits all approach. It is urging strategic, shared and people-centric approaches, and this can be done through strong investment in the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.

“It is also great to see the draft recommendations acknowledge the need to support and expand our PestSmart portal as a centralised, accessible, web-based system for collating research outcomes, data and information.

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is currently being formed with industry, government and research partners, to take over from the Invasive Animals CRC once it ceases in mid-2017.

More information about the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions can be found at www.invasives.com.au.

The Commission is now seeking public feedback on the draft report before finalising its recommendations to the NSW Government in June.

To access the full draft report, or to find out more on making a submission or how to attend a public meeting, go to www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/pest-animal-management.

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Ian McDonald, Communications Manager, Invasive Animals CRC
P: 02 6201 2890 | M: 0429 985 643 | E: ian.mcdonald@invasiveanimals.com

The Invasive Animals CRC is supported by the Australian Government’s Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme.