Opinions gauged on pest rate

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Warren Biosecurity Inc members Maria de Haan and Josephine Mead seek public feedback on Friday.
Camera IconWarren Biosecurity Inc members Maria de Haan and Josephine Mead seek public feedback on Friday. Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times, Tristan Wheeler

Warren Biosecurity Inc has continued its effort inform the public ahead of a declared pest rate being introduced, holding public information sessions throughout the week.

The sessions discussed how the Recognised Biosecurity Group model and declared pest rate would work, as well as the time frame for the proposed introduction of the rate, with the group hoping to have the rate introduced for the 2021-22 financial year.

After a presentation by WBI project officer Josephine Mead, the floor was opened for people to ask questions and comment.

“Overall, I'm pleased with the engagement we got from people,” Ms Mead said.

“Basically at those events the issues are quite clear and they are the same for those in support and against to be honest, we know we have to do pest control and we can’t wait.

“It’s got to the point where we have to act now or we’ll get in some real trouble.”

Eddie Liddelow was in attendance and said he did not support the introduction of the rate.

“Other than group members there were four landowners at last night’s meeting, six I think at the midday meeting,” he said.

“The group reports that from 4000 survey forms seeking input on issues affecting local people they had 78 replies, less than 2 per cent.

“One may think that a lack of interest at community level would see it put to bed.”

As well as community forums, group members conducted further consultation in front of Manjimup Newsagency on Friday.

Ms Mead said on Friday they spoke with 46 people and only two were against the rate, with 31 in support.

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