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A large scale 1080 poisoning campaign will be conducted on 23rd October 2014.
The campaign will be conducted through a partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council, the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Reef Catchments NRM, Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare and local land managers.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said target areas include sections north, north-east and south-east ofthe Peter Faust Dam, Proserpine and Cathu State Forests, and participating properties inthe Andromache, O’Connell Rivers and Proserpine Goorganga Plain catchments.Properties from Thompsons Creek to the Proserpine River and properties within the GregoryRiver catchment and Conway and Dryander National Parks and State Forests will also betargeted.
“The aim of this campaign is to reduce the impact of feral pigs and wild dogs, both Class 2Pests,” she said.
“These animals cause economic and environmental damage throughout the region includingdirect crop damage, loss of pasture available for grazing and predation on native fauna andflora. Pig diggings also impact on catchment water quality.
“Bait material will consist of meat injected with 1080 poison. Baits will be distributed byhelicopter over inaccessible areas by a licensed operator and distributed by vehicle inaccessible areas.”
The implementation of this strategic control plan is the combined effort of a number ofseparate programs supported by Whitsunday Regional Council, the Department of NationalParks, Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, MackayRegional Council, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Department of Natural Resources andMines, Canegrowers Proserpine, private land managers and Mackay Regional PestManagement Group.
Funding from the Commonwealth and State Government’s ‘Reef Catchments’ programunderpins this collaborative effort.
A map of the baiting area can be viewed at the Whitsunday Regional Council CustomerContact Centre (Main St. Proserpine).
Further details in regard to this baiting campaign can be obtained from:
Whitsunday Regional Council: Bren Fuller 4945 0261Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service: Steve Moss 4967 7355Reef Catchments: Chris Dench 0407-538-724Mackay Regional Council: Laurie Warren 0417-608-199
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