Western Downs pig cull proves successful
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.”