Environment Waikato is to extend its current Regional Pest Management Strategy for a further year to allow enough time for the approval process for its revised strategy.
Following hearings on submissions to the proposed strategy, and obtaining a legal opinion, the Council said several issues were providing uncertainty to making progress and further analysis was needed. The proposed strategy would have to be withdrawn and revised.
At a special meeting last week, the Council heard that the issues included a detailed cost benefit analysis for each pest species, a review of the funding policy, detailed costs of the strategy for each species and changes to the Key Ecological Sites component.
The Council intends to notify an extension to June 30, 2002, allowing for any interested parties to make submissions on the proposal before the resolution is ratified next month.
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