Pest animals are non-native species which pose a biosecurity threat — they often have negative environmental, economic and social impacts on Port Stephens. Find out which animals are pests, who is responsible for managing pest animals and who to contact.
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What is a pest animal?
Pest animals are managed under the Biosecurity Act 2015, according to the Hunter Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan. This plan sets out the pest animals which must be managed in Port Stephens and how to manage them.
Pest animals in Port Stephens include:
- wild dogs
- feral pigs
- feral birds
- introduced fish species.
There are other species which may seem to be a pest but are native to Australia, including:
- flying foxes
Council has no requirement to control these animals and we are prohibited to harm them.
For more information on pests in NSW, visit the Department of Primary Industries Pest Species in NSW website.
Who is responsible for pest animals?
All community members have a general biosecurity duty to prevent, minimise or eliminate any biosecurity risk.
Land owners or occupiers must 'continually suppress and destroy pest species that pose a biosecurity risk' in line with the Local Land Services Act 2013 and the Biosecurity Act 2015.
Local Land Services (LLS) is the regulatory authority on pest animals with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and are responsible for the legislation for vertebrate pest control. It's Local Land Services' role to develop community programs, provide advice, assist land managers and participate in on-ground detection and control.
Port Stephens Council is responsible for the management of vertebrate pest animals on land we own, occupy or manage. Our Invasive Species Team are more than happy to provide information and advice on pest animal management.
Who to contact
|Medowie Rabbit Control Program||Port Stephens Council||Register here|
|Feral deer sightings||National Feral Deer Action Plan - National coordination|
NSW Department of Primary Industries / Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
0407 622 191
|For pest animal control advice||
Hunter Local Land Service|
Port Stephens Council
Invasive Species Team
|1300 795 299|
02 4988 0255
|Report pest animals on Council land||
Port Stephens Council|
Invasive Species Team
|02 4988 0255|
|Other invasive animal enquires or to report declared pest animals||Hunter Local Land Service||1300 795 299|
|Report unusual animal sightings||Department of Primary Industries|
|Stray cats and dogs||Port Stephens Council||02 4988 0255|
|Insect and rodent pests||For insect pests please contact a local pest management contractor|
|Bees on Council land posing a threat to safety||Port Stephens Council||02 4988 0255|
|Bees on private land||Amateur Beekeeper Association NSW||Find a Beekeeper|