Regional Pest Management Plan
Pests are unwanted plants and animals that have significant impacts on our environment, economy and our people.
The Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty 2011 - 2016 sets out what Council is trying to achieve through our efforts to manage pest plants and pest animals in the region. It identifies a set of key outcomes that we wish to see achieved, and some high level objectives and rules that need to be followed to help realise the outcomes.
Annual Operational Plans and Reports
Each year we produce an annual operational plan that sets operational targets and specific performanace measures that link to the outcomes and objectives in the long-term Regional Pest Management Plan. At the end of the year we report on the highlights and issues from the previous year as well as progress against the specific targets.
Cost-benefit analysis supporting the Plan
For any species or rule to be included in a regional pest management plan, it must meet specific requirements set out in the Biosecurity Act 1993. The benefit of action must outweigh its cost, taking into account what might happen if no action is taken at all.
A cost-benefit assessment has been completed for the species included in this Plan.
Consultation on the draft Plan
The Regional Council consulted on a draft Regional Pest Management Plan in October and November 2010.
A Board of Inquiry heard submissions on the draft Plan on 13 and 14 April 2011. The Board of Inquiry then deliberated on all submissions received and presented their recommendations to Regional Council on 27 July 2011.
The Regional Council agreed to all of the Board of Inquiry's recommendations and approved that the Plan become operative on 30 September 2011.
The Board of Inquiry's recommendations report to Council on the draft Plan is available to view. The report, and associated appendices, provides an analysis of, and response to, all issues raised in submissions. Changes to the draft Strategy were also recommended where necessary.
Summary of submissions received on the draft Regional Pest Management Strategy