Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022


Feral Deer

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS (19 May 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I thank the honourable member for her question and provide the following response:

Prior to any aerial control of pest animals, government staff obtain approval from land managers where the culling will occur. By doing so, farmers are able to ensure all people and livestock are safe. Aerial shooting only occurs on properties where landholders have given prior approval.

Aerial shooting teams comprise of expert, trained, accredited and professional pilots and marksmen. Requisite flight procedures and risk assessments are strictly followed.