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ORC To Receive Over $6m In Funding For Wilding Conifer And Wallaby Control This Year

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has entered into funding agreements with Biosecurity New Zealand as part of its National Wilding Conifer and National Wallaby Programmes for operations commencing between this year and 2024.

Under these agreements, ORC will receive funding over the next four years, starting with more than $6.28m in 2020-21.

$5.9m in funding has been allocated for wilding conifer management in Otago during this year.

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme’s accelerated work in Skippers Canyon, announced in June, helped to redeploy 20 staff from the Queenstown tourism industry and funded 31 additional new staff, including new ground staff, helicopter crew, and people employed for traffic management.

$373,000 in funding has been allocated for wallaby control in the current financial year, with further years’ budgets yet to be confirmed.

ORC General Manager Operations Gavin Palmer said the funding would go a long way to producing positive environmental outcomes.

“Wilding conifers and wallabies are both significant pests with economic and environmental impacts on Otago. This funding is a big step-up that will greatly assist the region in controlling these pests.

“The budget for wilding conifer control includes $5.244m allocated to the Wakatipu area in the current financial year. This will be welcome investment in one of the parts of New Zealand hardest hit by the impacts of Covid-19,” Dr Palmer said.

“We’re grateful for the additional funding from MPI, and also want to commend the excellent work by the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Trust and Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group on the joint bid for national funding.”

Wilding Conifers

ORC will provide funding to the Central Otago and Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Groups and the Department of Conservation to enable them to carry out control works.

Otago is divided into 17 “management units” for the purposes of controlling wilding conifers. The majority of the funding is allocated to controlling wilding conifers in the Wakatipu management unit, with the remainder allocated to the Central Otago and Luggate control units.

Under Otago’s Regional Pest Management Plan, wilding conifers (any introduced conifer tree) are identified as pests requiring progressive containment.

ORC also contributes $200k in grants to the two trusts, as well as staff time managing the wilding conifer programme in Otago.

Wallabies

This is the first year ORC has received national funding for wallaby control. ORC will work collaboratively with Environment Canterbury and other partners to eradicate wallabies in Otago.

Most of the national Biosecurity New Zealand funding is earmarked for control operations to find and eradicate populations outside of traditional containment zones, while limiting populations within these zones to reduce dispersal of wallaby into new areas.

Wallabies are a serious pest in New Zealand and populations have been expanding numerically and geographically for a number of years. They are classified in ORC’s Regional Pest Management Plan as pests to be managed under an eradication programme.

Wallabies have a significant impact on indigenous forest through browsing on undergrowth and regenerating plants. They compete with stock for pasture and fodder species, consequently reducing stocking rates. Wallabies have also been known to damage fences, contribute to erosion and cause damage to plantation forestry seedlings.

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