After years of waiting for the new pest management plan being developed by Gisborne, it is now almost completed. The proposal was called RPMP of Regional Pest Management Plan for 2016 to 2026. This will put a greater focus on the promotion of biodiversity as well as eliminating the arrivals of new pest and weeds in the region of Gisborne in comparison to the previous pest management employed. Aside from the plan to enhance the local biodiversity, the proposal will also help the economy of the district because of its higher emphasis on pest control.
A cost-benefit analysis was performed by the Gisborne District Council in every weed and pest that were identified. According to the analysis, they will be able to benefit $1.39 million to $5.4 million if they control possum while controlling the nodding thistle will give the region an approximate benefit of $240,000. There are other pests that were classified as ‘production pets’ which means that the primary producers will be able to benefit greatly from controlling them. Another classification is the ‘environmental and amenity pests’ which is a bigger threat to the majority of the community.
The allocated budget for pest control is $1.2 million every year. In a recommendation made by the GDC officers, the budget should be divided into funding a new structure. The general rate will be used as a basis for the funding of the environmental and amenity weeds. Production pests, on the other hand, will have a 60 and 40 percent division – 60 per cent is for the rural rate while 40 per cent is for general rate.
There are major differences from the previous pest management employed such as the introduction of management programs for specific type of pests. According to the exclusion program, they were able to identify 22 weeds and pests in the surrounding regions and these are the ones that can be easily spread inside the region. Some of these are the weed called egeria, pest plague skink as well as the chinchillas.
Pests should be promptly addresses in order to control them effectively thought the help of professional pest control in Perth.