Community Information

Rodent Eradication Program – Human Health Risk Assessment (Tuesday 22 August 2017)

The presentation given by the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer and consultants from Ramboll  Environ at the community meetings on 3 and 4 August 2017 is now available.

Human Health Risk Assessment Presentation 1.2 MB 

 The full Independent Human Health Risk Assessment for the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Program can be veiewed here.

Notice of Publication (Monday 20 Feb 2017) – Species Impact Statement

The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) is proposing to undertake the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project (REP) to eradicate introduced rats and mice from Lord Howe Island, NSW. The REP will require a Section 91 licence under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (the Act). Under the requirements of Section 96(5) of the Act, the LHIB has published the Species Impact Statement (SIS).

The SIS and associated appendices can be viewed and downloaded below or at the following locations: 

  • Lord Howe Island Board Administrative Offices, Bowker Avenue, Lord Howe Island
  • Lord Howe Island Museum, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island
  • Office of Local Government, Level 9, 6-10 O’Connell St, Sydney

Interested persons and organisations are invited to comment in writing on the SIS by 5PM (AEDT time) Monday 20 March 2017.   Written submissions can be sent to:

Persons with special needs (i.e. for whom English is a second language or who have a vision impairment) may contact Andrew Walsh on (02) 6563 2066 for assistance in accessing the material.  

Application for Section 91 Licence PDF 125 KB

LHI Rodent Eradication Project NSW Species Impact Statement (SIS) PDF 3.1 MB

Appendix A - SIS Director General Requirements PDF 5.2 MB

Appendix B - SIS Director General Requirements Checklist PDF 1 MB

Appendix C - Captive Management Package PDF 2.6 MB

Appendix D - LHI Trials Package PDF 2.1 MB

Appendix E - Non-target Impact Management Plan PDF 505 KB

Appendix F - Masked Owl Package PDF 2.8 MB

Appendix G - Biodiversity Benefits Monitoring Package PDF 3.9 MB

Appendix H - LHI Biodiversity Management Plan 2007 PDF 4 MB

Appendix I - Island Eradications Using Pestoff PDF 425 KB

Appendix J - Marine Hypothetical Scenario PDF 363 KB

Appendix K - Land Snail Survey 2016 PDF 1.3 MB

Notice of Publication – Final Public Environment Report (Tuesday 21 February 2017) 

As part of the planning and approvals process for the proposed Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project (LHI REP), the Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) has applied to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Energy for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) to undertake the LHI REP.

Under the requirements of Section 99(4) of the Act, the LHIB has published the Final Public Environment Report (PER) including a submissions report which addresses issues raised during the public comment period.  The Final PER addresses the Matters of National Environmental Significance protected by a provision of Part 3 of the Act:

  • The world heritage values of a declared World Heritage property (Section 12 and 15A of the Act)
  • The heritage values of a National Heritage Place (Section 15B and 15C of the Act)
  • Listed threatened species and communities (under Sections 18 and 18A of the Act)
  • Listed migratory species (under Sections 20 and 20A of the Act)

The Final PER, including the submissions report and associated appendices can be viewed, without charge, below or at the following locations:

  • Lord Howe Island Board Administrative Offices, Bowker Avenue, Lord Howe Island, NSW
  • Lord Howe Island Museum, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, NSW
  • Office of Local Government, Level 9, 6-10 O’Connell St, Sydney, NSW

The Final PER will be on display from 22 February to 22 March 2017. The PER is published for public information only and no submissions will be accepted.

Persons with special needs (i.e. for whom English is a second language or who have a vision impairment) may contact Andrew Walsh on (02) 6563 2066 for assistance in accessing the material.

Should you require any further information, please contact Andrew Walsh on (02) 6563 2066.

LHI REP Final Public Environment Report PDF 6.3 MB

Supplement to PER PDF 3.3 MB

Appendix A - Guidelines for the Content of PER PDF 410 KB

Appendix B - Guidelines Cross Reference PDF 463 KB

Appendix C - Author Names and Qualifications PDF 344 KB

Appendix D - LHI Trials Package PDF 2.4 MB

Appendix E - Captive Management Package PDF 2.5 MB

Appendix F - Non-target Impact Management Plan PDF 506 KB

Appendix G - Masked Owl Package PDF 2.8 MB

Appendix H - Biodiversity Benefits Monitoring Package PDF 3.8 MB

Appendix I - Marine Hypothetical Scenario PDF 307 KB

Appendix J - Stakeholder Engagement Package PDF 2.3 MB

Appendix K - Human Health Package PDF 2.9 MB

Appendix L - LHI Ecological Studies Summary PDF 350 KB

Appendix M - Island Eradications Using Pestoff PDF 340 KB

Appendix N - Land Snail Survey 2016 PDF 1.3 MB

Appendix O - Economic Evaluation PDF 1.9 MB

Appendix P - Submissions Report PDF 1.4 MB

The History of Community Consultation

A Rodent Eradication was first proposed on Lord Howe Island in 2001, and the first public meetings occurred in 2002. Public meetings in 2008 revealed divisions within the community about the proposal. The Board formally exhibited a Draft Plan in 2009 and over 100 public submissions were received in response the Draft. The Board prepared detailed responses on the key issues and concerns.

A Community Liaison Group was established 2013 to Identify more effective ways to communicate with the community about implementing the Rodent Eradication Program. In November 2014, the CLG was reconstituted as a Community Working Group to work with consultants Elton Consulting and advise on the future of the program leading up to the Community Poll undertaken in May 2015.  Following the Board’s decision in May 2015 to proceed to the Planning and Approvals stage of the program, the terms of reference of the Community Working Group were amended and membership was expanded.  

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