Pest management strategy

Pest plants and animals are a serious threat to the ongoing economic, social and environmental sustainability of the South East. They have the potential to adversely impact agricultural, the environment and public safety of the region.

Pest management is a shared responsibility. It is the responsibility of all landholders and a key responsibility of the South East Natural Resources Management Board. Effective pest management needs the coordinated efforts of landholders, the community and other stakeholders to protect our agricultural industries and the environment.

The pest management strategy

To guide pest management in the region and ensure resources are used effectively, the South East Pest Management Strategy has been prepared. Its development involved input, consultation, feedback and collaboration from key pest experts and the wider community. The mission of the pest management strategy is “to protect agriculture, the environment and public safety from the adverse impacts of pest plants and pest animals”. There are four parts of the strategy:

  • Strategy- goals, objectives, actions
  • Pest Management Plan- pest risk assessment, regional pest policies, weed spread prevention 
  • Community Engagement- Communication, Education, Engagement
  • Operational Procedures - weed hygiene, incursion response, monitoring and evaluation The pest management strategy's mission is "to protect agriculture, the environment and public safety from the adverse impacts of pest plants and pest animals”.

For a hard copy of the strategy, please contact us.

Aims of the pest management strategy

There are three key aims of the pest management strategy:

  • an informed community proactively undertaking pest management activities
  • no new pests become established in the South East
  • effective management of established pest species.

Risk assessment process

An important component of the pest management strategy is the risk assessment process. This process allows unbiased, informed decisions on control priorities at a regional scale. It was undertaken to objectively determine the highest priority pest plants and animals for the South East. In times of limited resources, it is important to have a tool which helps us direct our efforts in the most effective way. There is no point in spending time, effort and money on controlling pest species that have little overall impact on the landuse. Likewise, it is also pointless to control pests which are so widespread and difficult to control that our efforts will make no difference to the overall infestation.

Objective assessments were undertaken of over 150 different pest plants and 39 pest animals across eight landuses. The assessment also involved valuable input from a range of stakeholders representing the eight landuses. The risk assessment process used the SA Weed Risk Management Protocol developed by Primary Industries and Regions SA. It involved answering a series of questions for each pest plant or animal to determine what impacts it has, how quickly it can spread, feasibility to control current infestations or populations and a comparison of current and potential distribution. The final results of the assessment compare the threat level to the feasibility of control and provide recommendations for the type of action that is appropriate. Types of recommendations include: eradication, regional control, local containment, biological control and education.

The results of the risk assessment process form the basis for actions in the pest management strategy and regional policies. It is important to note that the assessment focuses on the regional scale and therefore the results do not always reflect local priorities. The recommendations for a pest plant or animal at a regional level does not prevent the development of policies which place a higher priority on the pest at a local level. A summary of the results from the risk assessment process can be viewed in the Pest Management Strategy Summary. For a hard copy of the summary, please contact us.

Outcomes of the pest management strategy

Key outcomes of the pest management strategy are:

  • more people undertaking effective pest management
  • a clear and detailed work program for pest management in the region
  • alignment of community expectations in regards to pest plant and animal management in the region
  • provision of information to the community on pest management in the region.