Interested community members in Bourke, Wilcannia and Menindee are being encouraged to attend a community briefing session hosted by the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries and Western Local Land Services.
The community briefing sessions will provide participants an opportunity to hear first-hand from the NCCP, NSW DPI Fisheries and Western Local Land Services, as well as give community members the opportunity to contribute feedback to the plan.
The NCCP is investigating ways to control carp centered on the use of a species-specific virus known as Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (the carp virus) as a biocontrol agent, and to ensure that risks associated with its potential use are identified and mitigated.
Operating through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government, the $15 million initiative will provide detailed information to enable governments to make a well-informed decision on the best approach for carp control at the end of 2018.
NCCP National Coordinator Matt Barwick says waterways are the lifeblood of many rural and regional communities and they need to be rehabilitated.
“While these community briefing sessions are important for us to share the background, context and desired outcomes of the NCCP, they also provide an opportunity to hear from community members about how the prevalence of carp impact on them, their lifestyle or business,” Mr Barwick says.
“We want to work collaboratively with the local community – as healthy river systems and waterways result in healthier communities.”
The details of the three sessions are:
- 12 pm – 2 pm, 29 November 2017. 23-25 Sturt St, Bourke (Diggers)
- 9 am – 11 am, 30 November 2017. 1 Ross St, Wilcannia (Golf club)
- 3 pm – 5 pm, 30 November 2017. Yartla St, Menindee (Civic hall).
For further information on the above sessions, contact Senior Land Services Officer, Kyra Roach on 0438 695 755.
Source: Western Local Land Services
Featured Image: A community consultation session that was held in Balranald.
Image courtesy of Western Local Land Services