Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Feral Pigs

In reply to the Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) ().6 July 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Climate, Environment and Water has advised:

During the 2022-23 financial year, 493 pigs were removed from the South Australian catchment of Diamantina Warburton. This control operation cost $79,069 and was funded by the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board, incorporating some project funding from the commonwealth government as part of the board's SA Lake Eyre Basin priority Riparian Vegetation and Great Artesian Basin Springs project.

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board does not have a specific feral pig control program or separate budget for this purpose. Small numbers of feral pigs are being eradicated by landscape board staff by trapping and poisoning, which is funded by the board.

Since 2020-21, the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board has spent $143,820 on the control of feral pigs. An additional $35,000 was contributed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service for additional contractors.