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Whitsunday Regional Council advises the first round of aerial shooting of feral pigs at theAbbot Point Caley Valley and adjacent coastal areas from Don River to Wunjunga Beach willstart on the 18th and 19th September (subject to favourable weather).
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council, in conjunction with Burdekin Bowen IntegratedFloodplain Management Advisory Committee (BBIFMAC) and Whitsunday CatchmentLandcare (WCL) has been awarded $91,210 in funding over three years from Round 2 ofEveryone's Environment Grants.
“These grants, administered by Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, are foraerial pig shooting/baiting at three wetlands of national significance: Bowen River: BirraleePelican Creek, Abbot Point: Caley Valley, and Proserpine-Goorganga Plains,” she said.
“The funding is for a three year project, with around 28 hours of flying time being funded overthe 3 years for Abbot Point alone.
“In addition, Council is partnering with North Queensland Dry Tropics to extend the projectarea from Don River to Wunjunga Beach.
“The main aim of the program is to target environmental degradation caused by feral pigs, adeclared Class II pest species.
“Feral pigs cause significant damage to natural environments, and a large part of thisdamage is inflicted upon wetland areas.
“Feral pigs are known to congregate along bodies of water, where they dig up areas ofnative vegetation, destroy native bird species and turtle species via egg predation, and aidthe spread of weeds.
“Over the last six months, Council officers have been liaising with the State Government,North Queensland Bulk Ports, Glencore staff, local landholders, farmers, graziers, and otheraffected stakeholders in order to coordinate and plan the activity and keep everyoneinformed.
“Aerial shooting will take place in September at Abbot Point Caley Valley wetlands, followedby Proserpine Goorganga Wetlands in October and Bowen River Birralee Pelican Creeklater in the year,” she said.
Landholders wishing to join the project should contact Council’s Environment Officer, MonicaStoinescu, on 4945 0289, or Council’s Technical Officer Pest and Vector Control, BrenFuller, on 4945 0261, mobile 0407 731 049.
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