12 Jul 2012

Council considers Coromandel possum control proposals

2:24 pm on 12 July 2012

Waikato Regional Council says it has not yet made a decision on any proposal for possum control on the north west Coromandel Peninsula.

The Coromandel Colville Community Board and the Thames Coromandel District Council are against using residual poison and are instead supporting a locally based possum trapping industry.

Earlier this year, Waikato Regional Council sought submissions from suitably experienced operators about undertaking possum control in the north west Coromandel Peninsula.

The Colville-Coromandel Community Board has put forward a proposal to the council to allow the community to trial a mixture of commercial and private possum trapping.

The council says it has received a range of submissions and each is being assessed ahead of a staff report being prepared for the next regional pest management committee meeting in August.

The council says it will consider the Colville-Coromandel Community Board's proposal, but it's inappropriate to comment on individual submissions.