Special purpose pest management rate
In 2018 the special purpose pest management rate replaced the special purpose pest insect rate.
This was following a recommendation from the statewide review of pest animal management by the Natural Resources Commission.
This will continue to support statewide plague locust control as a priority, while investing a portion in the management of state and regional pest priorities. These priorities can be found in the eleven Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans developed for each LLS Region.
Prior pest insect rates and any outstanding rates collected for locust control will only be spent on the purpose that they were collected for (ie locust management).
What is the pest management fund and who benefits?
The pest management fund replaces the pest insect destruction fund that was established in 1934 that was developed solely to fund the control of outbreaks of Australian plague locusts, migratory locusts and spur-throated locusts across NSW.
It effectively combats plague locusts in hot spots across NSW, and not only minimises damages but also reduces the risk of migration of adult locusts into other areas, including coastal areas.
The Local Land Services Regulation 2014 was amended in 2018 changing the Special Purpose Pest Insect Rate to a Special Purpose Pest Management Rate. This amendment broadened the purpose and use of the special purpose rate and is overseen by the Plague Locust Management Committee.
Locust control campaigns
Locust control campaigns are the cooperative effort of landholders, Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW farmers and the Australian Plague Locust Commission.
Since 2004, more than 1.4 million hectares have been treated across NSW, and support from landholders has been crucial to the success of these campaigns, with farmers treating more than half of this area.
Want to know more?
To learn more about special purpose pest management rates, the pest management fund, how the fund is spent, please contact us.
Otherwise, visit the Department of Primary Industries for more information on the current locust situation in NSW.
Alternatively, you can view the Natural Resources Commission natural resource management recommendations and Government response (PDF).
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