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Councils Welcome Wasp Subsidy Extension

25 February 2004 (amended: 25 February 2004)

SA Councils have welcomed the decision by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Rory McEwen to continue the $70,000 State subsidy for European Wasp eradication originally established by Shadow Minister, Mark Brindal.

LGA President, Cr John Legoe said that to the Local Government Association's knowledge no Council has stopped its nest eradication work and so the confusion regarding the program shouldn't have an affect on the destruction of nest numbers.

"However Councils have been extremely concerned that the Minister's November decision would force them to charge property owners where nests occurred or place additional pressure on Council Rates."

Cr Legoe said Councils would welcome the decision to extend the subsidy to support this work and ensure that there was a high level of response in areas where nest numbers are the highest.

He said that Councils acknowledge that there is no prospect of completely eradicating the wasps from South Australia but the nest destruction program was assisting to keep numbers in check.

The $140,000 joint program saw 4,257 nests destroyed in the 2002/03 summer.

The LGA will be in discussion with the Minister in relation to the future of the program and how best to evaluate the existing research.

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