Consultation opens on TBfree pest control operations
OSPRI is inviting feedback on proposed TBfree pest control operations for 2019.
The TBfreeprogramme aims to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand by 2055, with key milestones of TB eradication from cattle and deer by 2026 and from possums by 2040.
Good progress has been made to date with just over 30 herds currently infected with TB in New Zealand, down from a high of over 1690 infected herds in the mid-1990s. Wildlife vector control, principally of possums that are a proven carrier of TB, has been a key to this, with TB having been eradicated from possum populations across more than 3.25million hectares since 2011.
OSPRI’s consultation process involves a range of steps from planning and operation design to post-operational surveys and reporting. National, regional and local consultations provide opportunities for people and organisations to gain an overview of the proposed operations and identify what further information they require.
OSPRI Chief Executive Michelle Edge says, ‘A key step of OSPRI’s TBFreeconsultation process for pest operations is the release of this national document to ensure that individuals, land occupiers, land users and local communities are informed, well in advance, of our proposed 2019TBfree pest control operations. This is to provide the opportunity for individuals and organisations to submit feedback, raise questions and comments about proposed operations including any local information needs, risks or problems that may need to be addressed for an individual operations proposal.’
It is important to note that well before commencement of operations, land occupiers and land users within and adjacent to operations will also receive specific and detailed notification of the proposed operations. Public notification includes news media notices and clear signage at access points to operational areas, and full and transparent consent applications are undertaken.
The national consultation period runs from 1 August to 30 September 2018. There are a number of ways to make a submission, including writing to us, calling or making submission through our online submission form.
The consultation document and details about how to make a submission are available at here.
About the TBfree programme
OSPRI’s TBfreeprogramme is working towards the complete eradication of bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand.The key goals of the programme are to eradicate TB from livestock by 2026, from possums by 2040 and from all hosts of the disease across the whole of New Zealand by 2055.