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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 941 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 November 2021 by Hon James Hayward

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

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941. Hon JAMES HAYWARD to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to pest management on crown land.

(1) How many complaints relating to pest management on government-controlled land has the minister's office or the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development received in the last six months?

(2) Can the minister confirm that if a department, agency or government trading enterprise controls land, it is usually the responsible party for pest management on that land?

(3) Does DPIRD monitor public complaints about pest management; and, if yes, what is the process for escalating those concerns within the public sector?

(4) Does DPIRD have the ability to compel a department, agency or government trading enterprise to manage pests; and, if yes, please table any directions provided to departments, agencies or GTEs in the last six months?


I thank the member for the question.

(1) My office and the department, of course, receive a wide range of contacts and correspondence relating to pest management, both on government-controlled and private land. I am sure the member would appreciate that I am not able to provide a detailed answer in the time provided. However, if there is a particular issue that the member would like some detail on, I would ask him to be a little more specific.

(2) Yes. Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, the owner or manager of land is responsible for managing declared pests on that land.

(3) DPIRD receives complaints and responds accordingly. Pest management is one component of a large and complex state biosecurity response.

(4) The BAM act provides powers to manage declared pests, which DPIRD can use, if appropriate, to direct landholders and/or managers to undertake pest control measures on their land. No directions have been issued to departments, agencies or government trading enterprises in the last six months. DPIRD uses a collaborative community-wide approach for the management of widespread and established pests to achieve broader and more effective long-term pest management outcomes. This includes initiatives such as matching declared pest rate funding, funding recognised biosecurity groups and, of course, our natural resource management activities such as funding the arum lily initiative in the south west and funding to provide specific pest control programs for high-impact pests through the wild dog action plan.