Pest Animal Management Plan

We have prepared a draft Byron Shire Pest Animal Management Plan in consultation with the community, to manage pest animals in our Shire.

The Plan targets the following pest animal species in our Shire:

  • wild dog (Canis familiaris)
  • European red fox
  • feral cat
  • European rabbit
  • cane toads
  • Indian myna

The draft Plan was available for public comment for 6 weeks until 21 September 2018.

Submissions are currently being assessed and will be reported to Council early 2019.

Some frequently asked questions about the draft Plan:

Who is responsible for controlling pest animals?


All land managers,
regardless of whether on private or public land have a shared responsibility to manage pests and their impacts.

The Plan acknowledges the responsibility of not only Council in the continued management of pests animals on Council managed land in our Shire, but the responsibilities of Commonwealth and State governments and those of the wider community.

What are the main priorities of the plan?

Council’s vision is to foster a collaborative, cross-tenure approach to pest animal management to reduce the impacts of pest animals on our environmental, economic, social and cultural values. The plan has three desired outcomes:

1. Negative impacts of pest animals are reduced, with Council meeting its responsibility to manage pest animals on Council-managed land.

2. Coordination of pest animal management across Byron Shire is strengthened and collaborative.

3. The way pest animals are managed by Council are continually reviewed.

The Plan looks at the problem of pest animals and ways to address and manage their impacts primarily on Council-managed land particularly in the areas of prevention, eradication, containment and asset protection.


Why has Council stopped financially supporting private land managers to control pest animals?


  • Under legislation all land managers are responsible for the control of pest animals on their land.
  • Council’s limited resources are being redirected to meet our legal obligations for the control of pest animals on Council managed land.


What support is Council providing to private land managers?

  • Some landowners are already coordinating and collaborating amongst themselves to manage pest animals.

    There is scope for Council to strengthen existing private initiatives by offering technical advice and support and acting as a conduit between private and public land managers such as NSW Govt Local Land Services.

Further Council will investigate:

  • external funding resources in partnership with private land managers where pest animal management is an eligible activity
  • opportunities for private land managers to participate in major landscape scale research and management project on wild dogs, fox and feral cat in the North East of NSW including Byron Shire as currently proposed by Department of Primary Industries Vertebrate Pest Research Unit

The Plan enables Council to meet its statutory requirements under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 and Local Land Services Act 2013, whilst fostering a collaborative, cross-tenure approach to pest animal management

Pest animals have major environmental economic, social and cultural impacts, and most Australian states have legislation requiring land managers to manage pests on the land they own or occupy to reduce impacts. In the majority of scenarios, there is an inter-relationship between the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.

Need more information?

Call Clare Manning Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324.

We have prepared a draft Byron Shire Pest Animal Management Plan in consultation with the community, to manage pest animals in our Shire.

The Plan targets the following pest animal species in our Shire:

  • wild dog (Canis familiaris)
  • European red fox
  • feral cat
  • European rabbit
  • cane toads
  • Indian myna

The draft Plan was available for public comment for 6 weeks until 21 September 2018.

Submissions are currently being assessed and will be reported to Council early 2019.

Some frequently asked questions about the draft Plan:

Who is responsible for controlling pest animals?


All land managers,
regardless of whether on private or public land have a shared responsibility to manage pests and their impacts.

The Plan acknowledges the responsibility of not only Council in the continued management of pests animals on Council managed land in our Shire, but the responsibilities of Commonwealth and State governments and those of the wider community.

What are the main priorities of the plan?

Council’s vision is to foster a collaborative, cross-tenure approach to pest animal management to reduce the impacts of pest animals on our environmental, economic, social and cultural values. The plan has three desired outcomes:

1. Negative impacts of pest animals are reduced, with Council meeting its responsibility to manage pest animals on Council-managed land.

2. Coordination of pest animal management across Byron Shire is strengthened and collaborative.

3. The way pest animals are managed by Council are continually reviewed.

The Plan looks at the problem of pest animals and ways to address and manage their impacts primarily on Council-managed land particularly in the areas of prevention, eradication, containment and asset protection.


Why has Council stopped financially supporting private land managers to control pest animals?


  • Under legislation all land managers are responsible for the control of pest animals on their land.
  • Council’s limited resources are being redirected to meet our legal obligations for the control of pest animals on Council managed land.


What support is Council providing to private land managers?

  • Some landowners are already coordinating and collaborating amongst themselves to manage pest animals.

    There is scope for Council to strengthen existing private initiatives by offering technical advice and support and acting as a conduit between private and public land managers such as NSW Govt Local Land Services.

Further Council will investigate:

  • external funding resources in partnership with private land managers where pest animal management is an eligible activity
  • opportunities for private land managers to participate in major landscape scale research and management project on wild dogs, fox and feral cat in the North East of NSW including Byron Shire as currently proposed by Department of Primary Industries Vertebrate Pest Research Unit

The Plan enables Council to meet its statutory requirements under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 and Local Land Services Act 2013, whilst fostering a collaborative, cross-tenure approach to pest animal management

Pest animals have major environmental economic, social and cultural impacts, and most Australian states have legislation requiring land managers to manage pests on the land they own or occupy to reduce impacts. In the majority of scenarios, there is an inter-relationship between the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.

Need more information?

Call Clare Manning Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324.