Channel Country Feral Pigs

Channel Country Feral Pigs is one of three projects within the environment stream being implemented to tackle serious issues in the region.

Feral pigs in the channel country are continually migrating into the Ramsar listed Coongie Lakes wetlands and, to build on historical control, this project will undertake further control and monitoring.

This project will also develop long term information and knowledge to guide future feral pig control, and to inform ongoing landholder control work in the region.

As an environmental stream project, HEAT will include an Indigenous consultation strategy to assist with incorporating Indigenous values and knowledge, and developing skills in natural resource management.

DCQ’s Indigenous Engagement Strategy will be updated as a part of these projects. This will be an important foundational activity which will lead to a number of outputs and, eventually, greater Indigenous participation.

Primarily, the engagement strategy will lead to the development of unique workshops connected to each project. These workshops will aim to build capacity, knowledge and experience in managing matters of national environmental significance.

Dedicated communication products will also be prepared to inform Indigenous community members on matters relating to land management linked to EPBC matters. It is expected that such dedicated training and education exercises will provide a range of outcomes for Indigenous community members, including improving knowledge, capacity, skills and participation in conservation matters.

This will play a role in supporting the Closing the Gap targets, by increasing opportunities for Indigenous employment, as well as targets associated with Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (2010-2030), which requires an increase in participation of Indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation.

This project is funded by the taxpayers of Australia from their Commonwealth Government’s Caring for our Country Initiative – Environment Stream.

The rationale for projects funded by this initiative is to both implement on-ground action for strategic and high value areas within the region, and to empower the community through landholder collaborative planning at the landscape scale.

On-ground action and planning will be integrated to achieve quality outcomes, and to achieve efficiencies in the implementation, as well as building landholder continuity in undertaking natural resource management into the long term.