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Question On Notice No. 2571 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) Does the Government or Department of Biosecurity, Conservation and Attractions have a management plan to control Ibis (Threskiornis spp.) in Perth and the South West land division of Western Australia?
(2) If yes to (1), will the Minister please table that plan?
(3) If no to (1):
(a) how does the Government plan to manage the impact of Ibis in Western Australia; and
(b) will the Government develop a plan to manage the impact of Ibis in Western Australia?

Answered on 19 November 2019

(1) No. 
(2) Not applicable.
(3)(a)-(b)  The responsibility to manage fauna rests with the relevant land owner or manager. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) works collaboratively with land owners and managers to balance the needs of conservation and other considerations in responding to native species that cause damage. DBCA routinely provides advice to land owners and managers on strategies to minimise the impacts of ibis and issues licences for scaring or removal of ibis, where appropriate.