Poi­son­ing cam­paign to tar­get feral pests

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil, the Depart­ment of Na­tional Parks, Reef Catch­ments NRM, Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil, Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care, and lo­cal land man­agers, will be con­duct­ing a large scale 1080 poi­son­ing cam­paign on Oc­to­ber 23.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said tar­get ar­eas in­cluded sec­tions north, north-east and south-east of the Peter Faust Dam, Proser­pine and the Cathu State For­est, and par­tic­i­pat­ing prop­er­ties in the An­dro­mache, O’Con­nell Rivers and Proser­pine Goor­ganga Plain catch­ments.

Prop­er­ties from Thomp­sons Creek to the Proser­pine River and prop­er­ties within the Gre­gory River catch­ment and Con­way and Dryan­der Na­tional Parks and State Forests will also be tar­geted.

Cr Whit­ney said the aim of this cam­paign was to re­duce the im­pact of feral pigs and wild dogs, both con­sid­ered Class 2 pests.

“Th­ese an­i­mals cause eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age through­out the re­gion in­clud­ing di­rect crop dam­age, loss of pas­ture avail­able for grazing and pre­da­tion on na­tive fauna and flora, [and] pig dig­gings also im­pact on catch­ment wa­ter qual­ity,” she said.

Bait ma­te­rial will con­sist of meat in­jected with 1080 poi­son.

Baits will be dis­trib­uted by he­li­copter over in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas by ve­hi­cle in those places that are ac­ces­si­ble.

A map of the bait­ing area can be viewed at the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Cus­tomer Con­tact Cen­tre on Main Street, Proser­pine.

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