Funding has been allocated to control feral pigs and problem weeds in the Great Sandy National Park.
Funding has been allocated to control feral pigs and problem weeds in the Great Sandy National Park.

Pigs and problem weeds targeted

FERAL pigs and problem weeds in the parks and forests of the Great Sandy region will be targeted as part of a $4.5 million program by the State Government.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling said $65,000 had been allocated for four projects in the Great Sandy region to protect the biodiversity of national parks and forests.

“These invaders cause immense damage to delicate habitats across the state,” Ms Darling said.

“It’s vital that we control and, where possible, eradicate these threats to our native plants and animals.”

Local projects to receive funding include $25,000 to eradicate feral pigs in the Great Sandy National Park; $20,000 for invasive pine management in the Great Sandy National Park; $10,000 to eradicate the Class 1 pest bitou bush in the Great Sandy National Park; and $10,000 for the Sandy Cape Lighthouse pest project on Fraser Island.

Ms Darling said the Department of Environment and Resource Management was working closely with neighbouring property owners and other members of the rural community, as well as local government and other agencies to tackle the pests.

“All landholders need to work together to meet this challenge,” she said.

“The Queensland Government will continue to pull its weight in an attempt to achieve an integrated and co-ordinated approach to successful pest management across the rural landscape.”

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