PHCC welcomes the state government’s release of a five-year strategy to address the growing problem of feral pigs in WA (read the Strategy here). The Strategy recognises the prevalence of feral pigs in many parts of the Kimberley and Southwest regions, including the Peel-Harvey Catchment, and the importance of well-coordinated responses. Feral pigs are a significant threat to agriculture and the environment, with the recent global outbreak of African Swine Fever being a clear example of how serious the threat can be to Australian farmers. In the Peel-Harvey Catchment, feral pigs are damaging significant threatened environmental areas, including wetlands and banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain.
The PHCC is continuing to work with the Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group (PHBG) and the State Government agencies to ensure the community and land managers are supported to address infestations, and advocate for adequate funding from the state government to implement the Strategy. Implementation of the WA Feral Pig Strategy will be coordinated by DPIRD in consultation with the proposed WA Feral Pig Advisory Group.