OPINION: Unfortunately no independent studies have been conducted to determine what impact aerial poisons like 1080 will have on the ecosystem in the long-term.
The likelihood is, that the poison remains potent in true bush conditions for far longer than most are led to believe - this then poses a safety issue to those that consume animals and fish from that vicinity, possibly for years after a drop.
Three years ago, with the Waitutu 1080 drop looming, more than 3000 Southlanders signed a petition stating that they were opposed to the use of 1080 and other aerial poisons, supporting environmentally responsible ground methods of pest control, including trapping and possum fur and meat recovery.
I hope that this time, in gearing up for their pest control consent application, the wishes of the local community will be taken more seriously, and that DOC will proactively work together with the community on implementing solutions that are not only more safe and effective than continual aerial applications of poison, but also more sustainable; providing skills and incomes for our local communities for years to come.
TAMSIN SCOTTLillburn Valley