Pests pose a serious threat to the environmental, economic and social health of our regional communities. Weeds alone cause an estimated $360 million worth of damage to agriculture and the environment each year.
Pest animals such as rabbits, foxes, wild dogs, and feral pigs cause significant damage to land and the health of catchments, rivers and bays. Exotic pest animals such as reptiles and amphibian species can easily adapt to Australia’s land and climate, can be well hidden and carry diseases that threaten humans, livestock, and domestic and native animals.
Amendments to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 will help to stem the spread of noxious weeds and pest animals across the State, through tighter processes and enforcement.
These new amendments, which come into force on 5 January 2004, will help reduce the illegal trade and possession of exotic pest animals and encourage landowners to better control the spread of weeds and existing pest animals.
|Author||Department of Sustainability and Environment, VIC|
|Publisher||Department of Sustainability and Environment, VIC|