Committee to monitor ferals, weeds
GYMPIE'S escalating feral pig and wild dog problem is in the sights of a new weeds and pest advisory committee set up under the umbrella of Gympie Regional Council yesterday.
The committee's establishment comes in the wake of a forum held here last week, which identified some of the financial impacts caused by weeds and animal pests on Gympie's farmers and producers and also the impact on native wildlife.
On top of the loss of income, the forum heard the ongoing loss of stock to wild dogs and pigs had a psychological impact on some farmers that was akin to war trauma.
Made up by members of the community, State Government representatives, Gympie councillors and staff, the committee will formulate, monitor, review and make recommendations on how to control weed and feral animal issues throughout the region.
It will meet at least three times a year.
Who is on it
- Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett and Cr Wayne Sachs
- Peter McAdam, MRCCC
- Maree Prior, Cooloola Coastcare
- Lester Jarick, HQ Plantations Pty Ltd
- Ivan Naggs, Gympie and District Beef Liaison Group and Agforce
- Erin Lawless, Agforce Kilkivan/Cooloola Branch and South East Burnett Landcare
- Damien Ferguson, Agforce
- Tony Smith, spray contractor
- Stacy Harris, Biosecurity Queensland
- Omar Bakhach, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service