Marksmen make killing from bounty
SHARPSHOOTERS are making a killing out of Southern Downs Regional Council’s increased bounty on wild dogs, according to Cr Ross Bartley.
Earlier this year council resolved to double its bounty from $50 to $100 to encourage people to take action against the pest animals wreaking havoc across the region.
It also decided to store 1080 poison at council facilities in both the north and south of the region to make it easier for landholders to access.
At this week’s planning committee meeting, council passed its amended Pest Management Plan, which will be sent to State Government for approval.
The adapted plan was advertised for public comment last year and submissions have been considered for inclusion.
Cr Ross Bartley said all the appropriate issues had been raised and he was happy for the plan to be adopted. He said the bounty increase was having a significant impact across the region, saying some had even set up businesses to make money off the bounty.
“One producer said he’s not been seeing wild dogs at all,” he said.
“There’s a huge amount of bounty being paid out and landholders are seeing the value in it.”
Cr Bartley said, in some instances, landholders were even paying the bounty hunters over and above the council payout because they valued their efforts.
While the changes have been effective in Cr Bartley’s eyes, he did say that a recent co-ordinated baiting program could have been better organised.
The program fell on the day of the sheep sales, leaving many unable to attend.
Cr Bartley said council should consider that in its next effort.
In the south of the region, questions were raised over the standard of the Stanthorpe check fence.
Cr Peter Blundell said at his family property they had previously refrained from using 1080, deeming it unnecessary.
But in recent times his father had resorted to baiting due to a significant increase in numbers.
Council also moved to invite a representative from AgForce and Landcare (northern section) to attend its future pest management meetings.