If you agree.
The Regional Council is consulting about possum control (i.e., killing them more efficiently … let’s cut to the chase).
HBRC proposes to shift the possum control programme from land occupier responsibility to council-led control using contractors.
Here’s a video explanation.
HBRC chief executive James Palmer says the possum control programme is a significant regional pest control programme.
“The main aim of the programme is to boost biodiversity, support native bird life and bush to thrive, and support the work of Ospri in preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis.”
So, environmental, animal welfare and economic benefits.
For landowners in the current possum control scheme, council analysis suggests around half of the landowners do little to no control — which is unfair to those who do their part (and gives the critters a chance to fight back) — and it is proposed that a contractor programme would be more effective.
Under the proposed changes, Council spending would increase to $3.5 million and the majority of costs would be met by the general ratepayer. This means both rural and urban ratepayers would fund possum control giving everyone benefits from better biodiversity. Funding decisions would be made separately, following community consultation in the 2024-2034 Long Term Plan.
The possum control consultation runs between 1-31 July.
You can have your say by going to hbrc.govt.nz, search: #consultation.