Tamworth, Inverell public sessions to be held on National Carp Control Plan during December 2017

CARPINATOR: National Carp Control Plan co-ordinator Matt Barwick says it's important for carp-affected communities to get up-to-date information and have their say.
CARPINATOR: National Carp Control Plan co-ordinator Matt Barwick says it's important for carp-affected communities to get up-to-date information and have their say.

PUBLIC sessions about the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) will come to Tamworth and Inverell in early December to provide information and seek feedback.

More than 40 sessions will be held as stakeholders in the $15 million plan look at ways to control the most destructive introduced pest fish species in southeastern Australia.

NCCP co-ordinator Matt Barwick, nicknamed ‘The Carpinator’, said the sessions would be held across five states and were critical for carp-affected communities.

“While these community briefing sessions are important for us to share the background, context and desired outcomes of the NCCP, they also provide an opportunity to hear from community members about how the prevalence of carp impacts on them, their lifestyle or business,” Mr Barwick said.

“We want to work collaboratively with the local community, as healthy river systems and waterways result in healthier communities.

“We want to learn more about how people use the affected river systems and waterways, and work with communities to consider potential direct or indirect impacts – social, environmental, economic or cultural – that may eventuate.”

The NCCP is partnering with state agencies and natural resource management bodies to host the sessions, starting this month.

It’s hoped controlling carp will ultimately improve the quality of Australia’s waterways and aquatic biodiversity. 

A key method being explored is the potential release of the carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, as a biocontrol agent.

  • The community briefing sessions will be held in Tamworth on December 6 and Inverell on December 7, 6pm-8pm, with locations to be advised.