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Greens disappointed community moth plan ignored

Greens disappointed community moth plan ignored

Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP today said he was disappointed Government had rejected a community proposal to eradicate the painted apple moth from West Auckland with a minimum of aerial spraying.

"We support the Government's decision to try to eradicate this moth but we are disappointed that MAF and the Government have not seen the merit of the Community Advisory Group's proposal, otherwise known as Option Five," said Mr Ewen-Street.

This proposal would have used ground-based spraying wherever possible with aerial spraying only in areas inaccessible by foot.

"While the Greens support the need to preserve our forests through eradicating this moth we are also very aware of the community concerns about blanket aerial spraying.

"The public health concerns are justified and we were hoping Government would also recognise the high level of concern and proceed with the community action plan," said Mr Ewen-Street.

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