Photo credit: Lloyd Polkinghorne
This event was a Central Murray BestWool BestLamb, WMLIG and Ricegrower's Australia initiative, made possible with support from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme via the Murray Local Land Services.
John Nolan (Regional Pest Management Coordinator, Murray Local Land Services) explained that LLS work closely with Local Government, National Parks, State Forest and landholders to control pest species. In the last 6 months there has been an aerial monitoring program undertaken to find out baseline population data for species such as feral pigs. Surveys using thermal imaging were undertaken in the Werai Forest, Wanganella, Moulamein, Splitter Creek (Albury) and Little Billabong (Holbrook). It is hoped that by determining a baseline population, that the success of control measures on feral pigs can be more accurately gauged.
Deer are also an emerging problem for the region. The Eastern parts of NSW are in the grip of a feral deer population explosion. A ban on spotlight hunting deer on private property in NSW, has been lifted in response to the magnitude of the problem.