NEWS

HOUSEHOLDER
Tuesday 20th March 2018

Rodent Eradication Project
Decision announced to delay implementation to 2019
Today at a Public meeting, the LHI Board voted to delay implementation
of the LHI Rodent Eradication Program (REP) until winter 2019, with a
change in methodology to an increase in bait stations in the
settlement area.

The project is still viable and able to achieve its objectives to
remove rodents and restore the islands. The decision to delay was
based on two factors, firstly the new application for a Minor Use
Permit from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine
Authority (APVMA) is still under assessment. Despite representations
about a decision being made expeditiously, the latest advice from the
APVMA is that a decision on the new application may not be made until
May 2018.

Without the APVMA licence in hand, we are unable to plan final
logistics that meet the approval conditions. Delays in receiving the
permit increase the risk of failure as the operation cannot be planned
to the standard required. This made it impractical to proceed with the
project in the current time frame.

Secondly, although there is a high level of support for the REP, there
continues to be opposition within the community. Ongoing consultation
has shown that whilst some residents are opposed to the REP, they
would allow access to their property for baiting upon commencement of
the project. Several residents are refusing to allow access for
baiting during the REP, however based on feedback from some members of
the community, an acceptable compromise may be to change the
methodology in the settlement area to more bait stations. This will
largely reduce bait in the open of the settlement area, and therefore
reduce people’s concerns relating to this aspect. It may also present
an opportunity for further discussions regarding livestock and
poultry. However this change to the methodology requires more time and
resources on the ground during the eradication and more time invested
in planning, to ensure the project meets the required standards.

The decision was therefore made by the LHI Board (with a 5:2 vote) to
delay the implementation of the LHI Rodent Eradication Program (REP)
until winter 2019, with a change in methodology to an increase in bait
stations in the settlement area.

Penny Holloway
Chief Executive Officer

Assistant Project Manager (Community) Jaclyn Pearson says “This may be
disappointing and surprising news for many who were hoping the project
would be implemented this year, but now, more than ever we need your
support and positivity to focus on our conservation goal of removing
all rodents from Lord Howe Island.
Like me, you will understand that when operational risks are too high,
it is best to take more time to reduce the risks and be as prepared as
possible to give any project the highest chance of success.

The REP team want to emphasise that the project is still viable and a
wonderful opportunity for the island. The funding is in place for
another year and we are committed to finding acceptable compromise for
community members regarding concerns on the baiting methodology. I
have listened to resident’s concerns for the past three months and I
am sure we can work together to find common ground, because we all
agree that rodents need to be removed. I am certain with more bait
stations replacing hand broadcast, I can help you to feel better about
the safety of your family and pets – replicating the methods you are
currently using.

I cannot change the methodology of the aerial baiting and I am happy
to continue to talk to you about why. I will also continue to
alleviate concerns regarding the myths that have been so deep-routed
for many years – including continuing to explain how brodificoum is
practically insoluble in water and therefore why the Toxicologists,
the NSW Chief Scientist and Dr Frank Reed back this methodology. With
the legacy of conservation on Lord Howe you should be proud of your
continuing efforts – let’s just keep going and do it to the best of
our ability. Please contact me for further information at anytime”

Jaclyn Pearson, REP Assistant Project Manager (Community)

Phone: 02 6563 2066 Extension 39.
Email: Jaclyn.pearson@lhib.nsw.gov.au

A543796 – Save Lord Howe Island – Response

Notice of Publication – Species Impact Statement for the LHI Rodent Eradication Project

The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) is proposing to undertake the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project (REP) to eradicate introduced rats and mice from Lord Howe Island, NSW. The REP will require a Section 91 license under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (the Act).

Under the requirements of Section 96(5) of the Act, the LHIB has published the Species Impact Statement (SIS).

The SIS and associated appendices can be viewed, without charge, online or at the following locations:

Lord Howe Island Board Administrative Offices, Bowker Avenue, Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island Museum, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island

Office of Local Government, Level 9, 6-10 O’Connell St, Sydney

Interested persons and organisations are invited to comment in writing on the SIS by

5 PM (AEDT time) Monday 20 March 2017.

Written submissions can be sent to:

Email: administration@lhib.nsw.gov.au

Fax: 02 6563 2127 Or

Posted to: Lord Howe Island Board, PO Box 5, Lord Howe Island, NSW, 2898

Persons with special needs (i.e. for whom English is a second language or who have a vision impairment) may contact Andrew Walsh on (02) 6563 2066 for assistance in accessing the material.

Should you require any further information, please contact me Andrew Walsh on (02) 6563 2066.

Andrew Logan

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Date: 17 February 2017

Documentation

Application for Section 91 Licence PDF 125 KB

LHI Rodent Eradication Project NSW Species Impact Statement (SIS) PDF 3.1 MB

Appendix A – SIS Director General Requirements PDF 5.2 MB

Appendix B – SIS Director General Requirements Checklist PDF 1 MB

Appendix C – Captive Management Package PDF 2.6 MB

Appendix D – LHI Trials Package PDF 2.1 MB

Appendix E – Non-target Impact Management Plan PDF 505 KB

Appendix F – Masked Owl Package PDF 2.8 MB

Appendix G – Biodiversity Benefits Monitoring Package PDF 3.9 MB

Appendix H – LHI Biodiversity Management Plan 2007 PDF 4 MB

Appendix I – Island Eradications Using Pestoff PDF 425 KB

Appendix J – Marine Hypothetical Scenario PDF 363 KB

Appendix K – Land Snail Survey 2016 PDF 1.3 MB