Western Downs pig cull proves suc­cess­ful

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A HE­LI­COPTER, a pi­lot, a firearm and one well-aimed shooter was all it took last week to kill al­most 1000 wild pigs near Con­damine in a bid to tackle the district’s wide­spread prob­lem.

More than 50 land­hold­ers took part in a co-or­di­nated aerial shoot last week, or­gan­ised by Con­damine West Group with the Queens­land Mur­ray Dar­ling Com­mit­tee and Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil.

The shoot cov­ered more than 70 prop­er­ties and 120,000ha and was partly funded by the coun­cil and QMDC, with land­hold­ers putting up the re­main­ing funds based on the size of their prop­erty. Con­damine West Group co-or­di­na­tor Re­becca Bid­strup said the area ex­tended 60km west of Con­damine, in­cor­po­rat­ing land be­tween the Roma-Con­damine Hwy and the Con­damine River to the south, and up to 20km north of the high­way into the Drill­ham South area.

Western Downs Deputy Mayor An­drew Smith said the pro­gram was highly suc­cess­ful and more than 900 pigs was an “in­cred­i­ble num­ber and a great re­sult”.

“We see value in agri­cul­ture, it is our bread and but­ter and the feral pig is­sue has been dam­ag­ing for a long time to our agri­cul­ture and econ­omy.

“It is some­thing coun­cil has sup­ported in the past and the suc­cess of the pro­gram would in­di­cate that coun­cil will con­tinue, es­pe­cially when we have QMDC come on board.”

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