Landholders one step ahead of feral pests on Western Downs
WESTERN Downs landholders are thrilled to see success as a collaborative project to combat feral pest problems hits record numbers.
Spokesman for environment and planning Councillor Andrew Smith said the Pests, Partnerships and People Power in the Western Downs program, funded under the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative, was on track for a record feral pig cull across the region.
“Our current program involves 555 landholders and that’s given us a sweeping effect across the district that’s proven really efficient,” Cr Smith said.
“To date we’ve destroyed 6233 pigs and 344 wild dogs and we are only halfway through — it’s been a huge success for the whole of the Western Downs and it’s an improved result of where we were at the same halfway point in our last initiative.”
Landholder Tristan Nitschke of the MeandarraHannaford-Condamine Pest Management Group said the initiative was invaluable.
“It’s good to see people getting on board – we’ve had very good support from the council and other groups and stakeholders as well,” he said.
“It’s reduced the pig problem in the MeandarraHannaford area to the point where it’s now manageable and that’ made a huge difference to livelihoods of farmers.”
The council encourages landholders to become involved in the initiative by calling 1300 COUNCIL.