June 22, 2022

Blackbutt residents should not be alarmed if they hear shooting in the Gilla area on June 30.

A property owner has engaged a professional pest control contractor to shoot feral pigs on their property.

A low-flying helicopter will be used in the task.

A social media post on Tuesday by South Burnett Regional Council alerting residents to the aerial pest control program in the Blackbutt area sparked some concerns among commenters.

Council later clarified the post, emphasising it had no role in authorising the activity.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson told southburnett.com.au the department also had no role in approving the activity as it was on private land, however landowners did have an obligation to control feral animals on their properties.

Pest controllers require Civil Aviation Safety Authority approval to undertake aerial shooting or baiting operations.

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