The assessment of the new AMPVA application is underway and a decision is expected soon. We have recently been made aware of a misleading extract of a document regarding our original permit application and assessment being circulated in the community.
The report titled “The application specific environmental risk assessment for Brodifacoum in Pestoff 20R” dated 13 July 2017 prepared by the Chemicals and Waste Branch of the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy for the APVMA was only one part of the original assessment process. This report was considered by the decision maker together with additional information provided by the LHIB addressing concerns raised in the report and a range of other information as part of the assessment process. After consideration of all of the information available the decision maker issued a permit on 1 Sept 2017
Thanks to all those who came to the seabird talk last week. Jaclyn explained that nearby wedge-tailed shearwaters and black-winged petrels nest in underground burrows, but eggs and chicks are currently predated by rats.
The complete removal of rodents will have significant benefits to island biodiversity and threatened species recovery as currently rats are impacting 13 species of birds, 2 reptiles, 51 plant species, 12 vegetation communities and 7 invertebrates. In partnership with Lord Howe Island Museum, we will be running a program of activities for residents and tourists starting in February and building to full program of events during the winter rat eradication (May – September 2018).
These activities will start with ‘restoration’ talks and videos at the museum and a weekly ‘biosecurity talk and display’ whereby participants will learn about the dogs and their handlers and how we are and will continue to prevent invasive species by closing incursion pathways and improving biosecurity measures.
The REP provides an opportunity to invite a new demographic to the Island – Eco Travellers. Using a unique advertising campaign focusing on the legacy of successful conservation projects on Lord Howe Island, we encouraged those specifically interested in participating in the REP as Eco Tourists or Volunteers to travel to Lord Howe over winter (between May 14th and Sept 16th). The flight sale period for phase 1 of this campaign ends on the 2nd February and at this stage winter bookings through wholesalers have increased by 80% over the January period.We will continue working over the next few months on increasing bookings for winter 2018 through a variety of strategies that a look to be bringing a whole new demographic to the Island. In contrast to our usual visitor profile, 48% of bookings and enquiries have come from the 25-40yr old demographic. People from all over the world have been offering their immense expertise as they book their holidays to Lord Howe Island to participate in this unique event.
The targeted demographic of the 2018 winter campaign also presents an ongoing opportunity for tourism during future winter periods by giving us the chance to engage a demographic that is interested in different aspects of the Island than those who visit in the peak months. It is hoped this will increase winter visitation, visitor satisfaction and creating further winter business opportunities.