Pest response 'overwhelmingly positive'

THE council has received an "overwhelmingly positive response” to the Invasive Pest Control Scheme.

To date, 90 per cent of work control forms have been returned to Southern Downs Regional Council, with 5814 distributed, of which 580 are yet to be returned.

An SDRC spokesperson said some landowners had, in some cases, wrongly asserted their property was pest-free.

"There have been some instances where landowners have returned work control forms to council indicating there are no pests on their land. However, upon inspection, SDRC Local Law Officers have identified pests that warrant control and require documenting via the IPCS resulting in some landowners being asked to re-submit their forms.

"In addition, in some cases, landowners have simply not included an end date for control works within the 2017/2018 financial year.

"Council considers extenuating circumstances and supplementary notices will not be issued where landowners have unintentionally submitted non-complying work control forms. Local law officers are working closely with landowners.”

The spokesperson said some land owners were yet to receive a letter.

"Landowners who are yet to receive a reply are asked to be patient as officers work their way through each property. If landowners are working to the plan they submitted to council, and have received a letter of acknowledgement, they can be confident they are adequately taking part in the scheme.”

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