Mallee feral goat control

Friday 5 March, 2021

Park closures will occur in parts of: Murray Sunset, Wyperfeld and Hattah-Kulkyne National Parks, Murray-Kulkyne Park Annuello, Wathe and Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserves while the aerial goat control program is underway.

Victoria's parks are home to more than 4300 native plants and 948 native animal species. Parks Victoria plays a vital role in protecting native plants and wildlife.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs, designed to contribute to habitat restoration or predator management across all its parks. These programs include activities such as monitoring of grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. 

Parks Victoria uses highly skilled professionals to undertake these operations, which are thoroughly planned and carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective and humane practices at all times.

Closure signs will be in place at all major entry points and Parks Victoria representatives will patrol the program area and park entrances during the closure. 

The control program will occur during daylight hours for a maximum of 6 days, including weekends. The program is weather dependent.

This project has been funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Landcare Program and the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.   

Park visitors should check www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963 for specific information about closure times and affected parks.

Quotes attributable to Brendan Rodgers, Total Grazing Management Coordinator
“Early autumn is the ideal time to carry out the operation before the goats disperse across the landscape in the cooler weather and are harder to find. This operation is a key element of several environmental restoration programs currently running across the Mallee.

This program is the next step in over two decades of work to restore the Mallee landscape following a century of grazing, timber removal and the impact of introduced species.”

ENDS
 

Media enquiries

Elizabeth Mckenzie

(03) 8427 2405 Mobile: 0436 669 524

elizabeth.mckenzie@parks.vic.gov.au

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