Kumara residents to have their say on planned pest control

Media Release
7 May 2015

The Kumara community will have an opportunity to provide feedback and learn about the planned Waimea-Kawaka aerial bovine TB control operation at a public meeting on 12 May.

OSPRI staff, contractors and farmers will be on hand to answer questions about the operation and explain what the TBfree programme aims to achieve and how it plans to get there.

“We want to work with the community to deliver a safe, effective pest control operation that will help manage bovine TB and protect native species,” said Matt Hickson, OSPRI Northern South Island Programme Manager.

The Waimea-Kawaka aerial operation is part of the West Coast’s TB eradication area, in which the aim is to eliminate the disease from wild animals responsible for spreading the disease to farmed cattle and deer.

The operation is scheduled to take place in July/August 2015 and will cover some 10,490 hectares.

“Come along and learn about the wide ranging benefits of TB control,” said Mr Hickson.

“We’ll explain how protecting livestock from the disease ensures New Zealand can continue to produce high quality dairy, beef and deer products and maintain access to valuable international markets.”

“You’ll also hear about how pest control operations are implemented and the strict requirements that must be followed when undertaking aerial operations like that planned in the Waimea-Kawaka area,” he said.

After the consultation process has been completed, consent for the operation will be sought from affected landowners, the Medical Officer of Health, Department of Conservation and West Coast Regional Council. The final operational plans will then be prepared.

The public consultation meeting will take place from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 12 May at the Kumara Memorial Hall, State Highway 73, Kumara. For further information on the meeting, please contact OSPRI’s Greymouth office on 03 769 9098.

OSPRI helps protect and enhance the reputation of New Zealand’s primary industries. It currently runs the NAIT and TBfree programmes.

For further information:
Matt Hickson
OSPRI Northern South Island Programme Manager
027 495 3361

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