Community pest control in spotlight

The event is part of Auckland Council’s bid for the region to become pest free by 2050.

Everything you need to know about pest control will be the focus of Rodney Pestival, a networking and information sharing day at Warkworth Town Hall this Saturday, June 22.

The Auckland Council environmental event is aimed at landowners and community groups keen on conservation and controlling pest animals and plants. There will be a mix of presentations and discussions from groups and individuals, including

Council’s senior regional advisor for fauna, Tim Lovegrove, who will give an overview of the current ecological picture, and Rural Pest Control’s Cam Rathe with a session on troubleshooting traplines.

Pestival will also act as a showcase for community-led conservation groups and activities and allow local residents to find out what is being done already and what still needs to be done.

Council communications advisor Liz Kirschberg says the Warkworth event is the result of public demand.

“During last year’s big Pestival in the Aotea Centre, a fair number of people said travelling to the city wasn’t viable for many who would be interested in attending, and would Council put on smaller events north and south?” she said. “We’ve responded to that, hence the smaller version of the event in Rodney.”

She added that the event was part of Council’s commitment to supporting community-led environmental initiatives across the region in a bid to become pest free by 2050.

Rodney Pestival opens for registrations at 9.30am, and the day’s activities will run from 10am to 4pm.


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