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Review input sought

By Country News

DELWP is encouraging regional Victorians to contribute to the ongoing review of the Authority to Control Wildlife system.

DELWP’s biodiversity division acting executive director James Todd said the current review was exploring how to improve the balance between human safety, protecting our agricultural sectors and maintaining an appropriate level of wildlife control.

‘‘This presents an important opportunity for anyone in Victoria who uses an ATCW to tell us how we can improve on important aspects of the current system, such as application procedures, decision-making processes, compliance monitoring and enforcement, Traditional Owner involvement and information provision to improve the system,’’ Mr Todd said.

He said DELWP did not have a plan to restrict the rehabilitation of overabundant species, an idea that had previously been raised by some community members, as it was ‘‘outside the scope’’ of the current review.

‘‘While we think the current ATCW system considers the needs of wildlife, people and the environment, we know there’s room to improve.’’

Feedback from the consultation period will be collated and included in a set of recommendations for consideration by the Victorian Government later this year.

■Parties interested in participating in the review must answer a number of questions before June 29 by visiting: www.engage.vic.gov.au/atcwreview