Review of government mouse policy in South Australia

This consultation has now closed

Consultation on the government’s mouse policy has now closed. Responses were used to guide the development of a final mouse policy which was endorsed by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation in June 2015.

The revised mouse policy can viewed on the PIRSA website

Community consultation is an important aspect of the process and we thank all those who provided their feedback. 

Further information can be obtained from Biosecurity SA on 8303 9620 or DEWNR Natural Resources Regional offices.

South Australian landowners, particularly farmers and other regional community members, were invited to have their say on a draft revision of the government’s mouse policy. It is important the community has their say on the review of pest policies as they may have information vital to our understanding of how a particular pest animal affects the land, or concerns about how it is being managed.

The draft policy seeks to ensure government, industry and community recognise their shared roles and responsibilities for mouse management and collaborate where required at state, regional and local levels. It builds on the recommendations of the stakeholder-based South Australian Mouse Working Party and takes account of recent increased choice in mouse bait supply through industry establishment of regional mouse bait mixing stations.

The draft policy retains the government’s role in assisting to detect likely outbreaks of mice at the start of the cropping season, and acknowledges the investment of the grains industry in improved surveillance systems. It confirms that it is not government’s role to produce bait, nor does it seek to require landholders to control mice under the provisions of the Natural Resources Management Act.

Community consultation closes: 
Friday 31 October 2014
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