Feral Pig Impacts

Dear Landholder
Burdekin Shire Council is conducting this survey through funding received from NQ Dry Tropics Feral Pig Control program.  Our aim is to plan aerial pig shoots with the feedback from landholders regarding feral pig populations.  In the Dry Tropics, where pig populations exist, aerial shooting is the most cost-effective method of control.

It is estimated that Australia has up to 24 million feral pigs.

They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread weeds, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases.  With your assistance, together, we can decrease the populations of pigs in the Burdekin Shire Council area. 

We would like to gain information from you, the landholder, on the impacts of feral pigs on your property and also any damage to natural ecosystems.

Please complete the survey online by 31 January 2018 If you have any questions please email Council's Pest Management Officer, Brooke Payne via email at brooke.payne@burdekin.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4783 9800.

For information on Council’s 1080 baiting program for feral pigs and wild dogs, or on the loan of feral pig traps, please call Council’s Pest Management Team on (07) 4783 9800.

We thank you for your assistance and time in this matter.


Council's Pest Management Team 

* 1. Do you have feral pigs impacting your property?

* 2. How often are the feral pigs impacting your property?

* 3. What is your land use?

* 4. What damage are feral pigs inflicting on your property or infrastructure (e.g. soil disturbances, polluting water points, damage to fluming, consumption of crops/fodder).

* 5. Please estimate the costs of damage from feral pigs on your property annually (Loss of crops, loss of pastures, repairs, replacement infrastructure, labour costs for repairs)

* 6. Are feral pigs causing social or lifestyle impacts on your property (e.g. leisure activity restrictions, access issues due to pig damage, sleepless nights, other)?

* 7. Are there areas of high ecological assets on your property – e.g. Waterways, remnant vegetation, wetlands etc.?

* 8. Are feral pigs impacting the ecological assets on your property?

* 9. How are you currently controlling feral pigs on your property e.g. shooting, trapping, baiting

* 10. Are you currently receiving assistance in controlling feral pigs by another agency such as Local or State Government, Industry or Natural Resource Groups?

* 11. Would you be willing to speak with Burdekin Shire Council’s Pest Management Officers for assistance with feral pig control options and assistance?

* 12. Would you be interested in participating in projects that Burdekin Shire Council develops to assist in feral pig control?

* 13. Would you be interested in attending a Workshop on feral pigs in the Burdekin?