About Pest Animals
WHAT ARE PEST ANIMALS?
Pest animals are species of non-native animals that can or do cause damage to agriculture, environmental resources or put human safety at risk. Pests categorised as 'declared' means they have been 'declared as pests' by the NSW government and there are legal requirements to control these species. Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, the NSW government has declared five species of vertebrate pest animals as pests. They are:
- Wild Dogs
- Feral Pigs
Other known, but undeclared pest animals, meaning there is no legal requirement to control them, include:
- Indian Myna birds and Starlings
- Feral Bees
- Rodent pests (Mice and Rats)
There are other species that may seem to be a pest, but they are native to Australia and Council has no requirement to control them and it is prohibited to harm them. These include:
- Flying Foxes
For more information on pests in NSW, visit The Department of Primary Industries Pest Species in NSW.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PEST ANIMALS?
Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, and the Biosecurity Act 2015 there are imposed obligations to land owners to 'continually suppress and destroy declared pests'. This places responsibility for controlling pest animals with the owner or occupier of land on which they are present.
Local Land Services (LLS) is the regulatory authority on pest animals with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and are responsible for the legislation behind Vertebrate Pest Control. It is the role of LLS to develop community programs, provide advice, assist land managers and participate in on-ground detection and control.
WHO DO I CONTACT?
|For pest animal control advice||Hunter Local Land Service||1300 795 299|
|Report pest animals on Council land||Singleton Council||(02) 6578 7290|
|Other invasive animal enquiries or to report declared pest animals||Hunter Local Land Service||1300 795 299|
|Report unusual animal sightings||Department of Primary Industries||1800 680 244|
|Stray Cats and Dogs||Singleton Council||(02) 6578 7290|
|Insect and Rodent pests||For insect pests please contact a local pest management contractor*|
|Bees on Council land posing a threat to safety||Singleton Council||(02) 6578 7290|
|Bees on Private land||Amateur Beekeeper Association NSW*||Find a Beekeeper|
* Singleton Council takes no liabilities for works carried out by other parties