Conserving and connecting with Country

Monday 28 June, 2021

A conservation project in remote parts of the Alpine National Park is having a positive impact on both the environment and the community.

In partnership with Moogji Aboriginal Council, Parks Victoria has been working to reduce the number and extent of feral pigs in the Tingaringy and Deddick areas in north east Victoria.

The challenging work to monitor, bait and trap feral pigs in wilderness areas has also enabled staff from both organisations to connect with Country.

To protect this landscape staff from Moogji and Parks Victoria have spent days navigating extremely remote, rugged, steep and difficult to access areas of the Alpine National Park. 

Over the past two years, their combined efforts have reduced feral pig numbers, enabling many native plants, wildlife, and ecosystems in areas of high conservation significance to be protected and recover from past damage.

Once established in an area, feral pigs are notoriously difficult to remove. It takes specialised skills to identify signs of feral pigs and develop an understanding of their movements within the alpine environment. Through this collaborative project, staff from Moogji and Parks Victoria have been sharing knowledge and skills with a view to ensuring the overall success of the feral pig program.

Feral pigs pose a significant threat to many of the natural values, assets, and industries in Victoria. Through their selective feeding, trampling, and digging in search for roots and tubers to eat, feral pigs damage native vegetation, spread weeds, alter water quality, degrade soil structure and integrity.

This conservation project has received $900,000 funding from the Victorian Government through the Biodiversity Response Planning program, to reduce threats and improve the health of the natural environment.

Quotes attributable to Yasmin Aly, Manager Regional Delivery, Parks Victoria:

“We’re pleased to work with Moogji Aboriginal Council as their involvement has helped to build capacity, knowledge and skills of Parks Victoria staff in feral pig control.

As the land manager responsible for more than 18 per cent of Victoria’s landmass, partnerships are critical in our work to care of our parks.”

Quotes attributable to Craig Hocking, Director Environmental and Cultural Works, Moogji Aboriginal Council:

“Moogji is pleased to be working with Parks Victoria in the control of feral animals in our wilderness areas. This also creates an environment for Moogji staff to learn more about the work that Parks Victoria is doing to look after and manage Aboriginal land for future generations to enjoy.

We can only have success if we work together”. 

Media enquiries

Stephanie Zilles

(03) 8427 3466 Mobile: 0498 007 891

stephanie.zilles@parks.vic.gov.au

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