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Published: 2005-12-06 00:00:00

Environment Waikato and Thames-Coromandel District Council are currently undertaking possum control work in a number of residential communities along the Thames Coast. These areas include Thames Township, Waiotahi and Kauaeranga Valley.

This operation supports the extensive aerial and ground-based possum control operations the Department of Conservation (DOC) is managing for the Peninsula Project on DOC administered and some private land from Te Puru south to the northern side of Kauaeranga Valley.

Reducing the number of possums is essential to addressing the issues of flooding and environmental damage on the Thames Coast, but as Environment Waikato Peninsula Project Manager Julie Beaufill explains, possums aren’t just in deep bush areas so it’s imperative control operations are undertaken in both rural and residential areas.

“Possums visit residential gardens, feasting on trees, fruit and flowers. If people see or hear possums around their house they should call our contractors, Roger Smith and Iain Baggaley, on 0800 BIOSECURITY (0800 246 732). A plan will be developed to get rid of the pest at no cost to the property owner.”

This operation is expected to be finished by the end of February 2006. After this date, residents will have the opportunity to purchase traps and other control materials at a reduced cost, so that they can continue pest control work on their properties.