Feral goat control program for Mallee parks and reserves

Thursday 16 April, 2020

An ongoing conservation program controlling feral goats will be undertaken across several parks and reserves in the Mallee from 20 to 26 April 2020.
 
Sections of Wyperfeld National Park, Murray-Kulkyne Park, Annuello, Wathe, Bronzewing and Paradise Flora and Fauna Reserves will be closed while an aerial goat control program is underway. Murray Sunset and Hattah-Kulkyne National Parks are fully closed, as directed by the Chief Health Officer.
 
The program has been altered to ensure it meets requirements under the changed conditions to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 – this includes reducing the length of the program, personnel involved and travel requirements, as well as implementing strict hygiene procedures.
 
Feral goats in Mallee parks and reserves have a negative impact on native vegetation through overgrazing, physical damage to plants, erosion and spreading weeds and diseases. They compete with native fauna for food, water and shelter. 
 
Parks Victoria is using highly skilled professionals to undertake these operations during daylight hours only. The operations will be thoroughly planned and carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective and humane practices.
 
Closure signs will be in place at all entry points in the area when the program is underway. 
 
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.
 
Quotes, attributed to Brendan Rodgers, Total Grazing Management Coordinator, Parks Victoria 
“This program will allow native vegetation to re-establish in the areas where goats have cleared it, reducing the threat of erosion problems. 

This will help protect, revegetate and enhance habitat for a range of threatened species including Major Mitchell Cockatoo and Malleefowl.

This program is crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health. 

This is the last time that is suitable for this program this year before goats disperse in the cooler months and are harder to find, hence it is important to run it now.”

 

Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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