The Weeding out the Ferals – Managing weeds and feral animals in the Weddin Shire project was funded through the Central West Local Land Services Landcare Delivery Projects Program and has now been completed. The project involved feral pig control, fox baiting training, a weed workshop and fencing off an area of the Brundah Mintbush (Prostanthera ovalifolia), a local native plant, to protect it from feral goats.
The project achieved the following results:
- Eight pig traps were constructed and are available for loan to residents of the Weddin Shire.
- Four remote cameras were purchased to assist in monitoring pest animal activity. These are available for loan to residents of the Weddin Shire.
- A Feral Animal Seminar was held in conjunction with Central West Local Land Services in April 2017. Over 30 participants gained valuable insight into the different management options for feral animals.
- Two 1080/Pindone workshops were held (one in 2017 and one in 2019) in partnership with Central West Local Land Services. The training courses provided landholders with a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and their respective legal obligations. Participants who completed the course received chemical accreditation for five years. Additionally, training was conducted on the use of the Canid Pest Ejector (CPE). The course covered baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport requirements, legislation, WHS, use of CPE’s, and PAPP.
- A weed identification and control workshop was held in 2018.
- A site containing the Brundah Mintbush (Prostanthera ovalifolia) was identified and fenced to exclude goats. Cuttings from the Brundah Mintbush have been successfully propagated at the Weddin Community Native Nursery and are now being sold regularly to customers.