Land­hold­ers one step ahead of feral pests on West­ern Downs

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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.

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