Leschenault Biosecurity Group – Call for Committee Members

The Leschenault Biosecurity Group (LBG) is seeking new members to serve on the committee of this community-based group consisting of local landholders and land managers.

Applications are invited from property owners in the Shires of Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup, Dardanup and the City of Bunbury. You will not require any particular expertise in farming or pest management, however we would also welcome applications from agricultural and environmental professionals.

If we fail to fill the positions the group will no longer operate and you will see no coordinated management of pests in this region.

This voluntary role requires attendance at monthly meetings in Bunbury and other duties as required.

If you are keen to get involved, please contact Chris Howe, LBG Executive Officer. Nominations will need to be received prior to the Community Presentation and AGM.

The Community Presentation and AGM will be held on Thursday 24 August at Hackersley Estate Winery, Ferguson Valley, commencing at 6pm. There will be a range of presentations about local pest management including foxes, rabbits and cottonbush, and an opportunity to speak with industry professionals. Everyone is welcome.

The aim of the group is to have a sustainable, secure system in place for the management and control of declared pests in the Leschenault Catchment. The group acts to facilitate a cooperative approach to effective management of pests (plants and animals) that affect agricultural productivity, health and the environment.

The LBG has operated in the region for a number of years and has largely been in a developmental phase. We are now incorporated, formally Recognised by the Minister for Agriculture, and have secured funding for the next 12 months. We have seen many positive impacts in our community including an increase in awareness and action upon the highly invasive Narrow-leaf Cottonbush. The benefits will only increase as the capacity of the group grows.

Pest species under the current focus of the group, as determined through community surveys, include: Narrow-leaf Cottonbush; Blackberry; Apple of Sodom; Rabbit, Fox and Feral Pig. These species can change based on community concern.

For more information phone Chris Howe, LBG Executive Officer on 9791 4773 or email [email protected]

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