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New weapon in the war against Australia's pest animals.

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Media Release


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary

Industries and Energy

Judith Troeth



20 August 1998




A new book will greatly assist Australia’s farmers and natural res ource managers to reduce the agricultural and environmental damage caused by pest animals, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Senator Judith Troeth said today.


Senator Troeth said the book, Australia’s Pest Animals: New Solutions to Old Problems, was produced by the Bureau of Resource Sciences (BRS) and provides a comprehensive overview of Australia’s vertebrate pest animal problems.


“Introduced pest animals cost this country hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” she said. “Rabbits, foxes, wild dogs, carp and feral cats, goats and pigs all damage our agricultural and ecological communities.


“This book provides new approaches and solutions to managing the damage they cause and discusses important questions such as why many of these animals were deliberately introduced into Australia, how we can prevent the introduction of additional pests and how we can better manage the pests we already have.”


Senator Troeth said the book was written for a general audience and was produced as part of the Government’s National Feral Animal Control Program, a key activity under the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust. BRS administers the agricultural component of the National Feral Animal Control Program


BRS, a professionally independent scientific bureau within the Federal Department of Primary Industries and Energy, developed the new book following a recent review of pest animal management in Australia and overseas.


Other organisations involved in the review included State and Territory pest management agencies, CSIRO, the National Farmers’ Federation, Environment Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare.


Australia’s Pest Animals: New Solutions to Old Problems can be purchased for $29.95 through BRS, phone (02) 6272 4114, or Kangaroo Press.


Further inquiries:

Senator Troeth’s office: Alex Staples (02) 6277 3002/0417 449 921

BRS: Dr Mary Bomford (02) 6272 4263/0417 212 205