Community briefing session on carp control
Interested community members in and around Inverell are being encouraged to attend a community briefing session hosted by the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.
The NCCP is investigating ways to control carp centered on the use of a species-specific virus known as Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (the carp virus) as a biocontrol agent, and to ensure that risks associated with its potential use are identified and mitigated.
The community briefing session will provide participants an opportunity to hear first-hand from the NCCP and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, as well as give community members the opportunity to contribute feedback to the plan. Operating through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government, the $15 million initiative will provide detailed information to enable governments to make a well-informed decision on the best approach for carp control at the end of 2018.
NCCP National Coordinator Matt Barwick says waterways are the lifeblood of many rural and regional communities and they need to be rehabilitated.
“While the community briefing session is important for us to share the background, context and desired outcomes of the NCCP, it also provides an opportunity to hear from community members about how the prevalence of carp impact on them, their lifestyle or business,” Mr Barwick says.
“We want to work collaboratively with the local community – as healthy river systems and waterways result in healthier communities.”
The details of the community briefing session are:
- Thursday 7 December 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Riverside Function Centre, Campbell Street, Inverell
For further information on the above session, contact Andrew Walsh from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 0427 433 317 or email@example.com.
To find out where other community briefing sessions are being held and to be kept up to date on the NCCP visit www.carp.gov.au.