A community briefing session about the National Carp Control Plan will be held in Shepparton next month.
NCCP is partnering with state agencies and Natural Resource Management bodies to host more than 40 community briefing sessions in carp-affected communities across Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.
The $15 million NCCP is looking at ways to control carp, the most destructive introduced pest fish species in south-eastern Australia, to ultimately improve the quality of Australia’s waterways and aquatic biodiversity.
A key method being explored for the carp control is the potential release of the carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, as a biocontrol agent.
NCCP national co-ordinator Matt Barwick said community briefing sessions were critical to make sure affected communities were provided up-to-date information on the work of the NCCP and also provide a forum for people to ask questions and provide feedback.
Consultation sessions will be hosted by state agencies and NRMs groups in each state, in partnership with the NCCP.
The Shepparton session is on Wednesday, November 1, at the Overlander Hotel.
Each session includes two elements — a workshop of representatives from key stakeholder groups (noon to 4pm), followed by a community briefing session (6pm to 8pm).