Queensland Councils are to push for a $5 snout bounty as they call on the State Government to work them to step up moves to decrease feral pig numbers.
The motion, which passed with little opposition called for councils and the State Government would offer matched funding to get the bounty under way.
The plan was outlined and adopted at this week’s LGAQ annual general meeting, but the state government is already cynical.
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner says there is little evidence to suggest bounties were an effective to control pests.
Boulia Shire Council led the charge moving the motion at the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference calling for the bounty.
Mayor, Rick Britton, says feral pigs are a bigger biosecurity risk than any other feral animal that we’ve got in Australia.
“They get into crops and all of that sort of stuff, so they are a major problem to (agriculture). Every pig has got to be a target.”
“Effective on-ground control of feral pigs at critical sites and during breeding periods may be one of the best methods available to combat this pest.”
“It will never be possible to eradicate feral pigs in Queensland with existing resources, however with a concerted effort by all local governments, other agencies and the inclusiveness of the general public, management is possible.”
The council also argues that co-operation between landholders, community groups and local government was needed for the bounty to work.