Group takes aim at pests

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Warren Biosecurity Inc Chairwoman Stephanie Carstairs.
Camera IconWarren Biosecurity Inc Chairwoman Stephanie Carstairs. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Warren Biosecurity Group has become incorporated with the goal of being a Recognised Biosecurity Group.

The goal of the group is to control prioritised declared pests, in collaboration with landholders, government agencies and stakeholders.

At its March meeting the group accepted the model rules of association.

“This region has an enormous range of biodiversity and it’s worth protecting,” group chairwoman Stephanie Carstairs said.

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“This is about the only way you can do it in a well-resourced, really organised manner and actually kick goals, if we don’t do anything then nothing will happen.”

Mrs Carstairs, pictured, said the group needed to become independent from the Warren Catchment Council.

“We felt it was going to be too big to sit under another group, it needed to be independent of any one group,” she said.

Mrs Carstairs said a declared pest rate was possible, but would only be levied after community consultation and careful consideration.

“It’s a really long and complex process and it won’t be done quickly and it won’t be done lightly,” she said.

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