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- Questions on Notice No 6714
- Assembly59 Parliament First Session
- Asked: 4 August 2022
Question on Notice
Mr Bull (Gippsland East) to ask the Minister for Environment and Climate Action — With reference to the Minister's letter of the 17th June 2022 (Ref: MIN097317) in relation to aerial pest control, Mr Cooper has suffered further losses as a result of low flying helicopters spooking his cattle. Mr Cooper reports that the Minister's commitment to the extended no-fly zone has not been observed. Furthermore, he believes that it would need to be at least 500 metres from his fence lines to be effective. Since the commencement of the helicopter deer culling operation, he has mustered 30 head of cattle that stampeded through boundary fences in paddocks where the overflights occurred. Another 18 head are missing, one of which has been found to have been shot by rogue hunters on the Ingeegoodbee Track and expertly butchered. His stock losses so far amount to $50,000.
Will the Minister commit to extending the no-fly buffer zone to within 500 metres of private property and commit to the Game Management Authority providing an active and visible presence in the area to deter illegal hunting of his escaped livestock.
- Answered: 7 September 2022
Question on Notice
Since the Black Summer bushfires, local landholder responses to the deer control program has been positive.
I am advised that Parks Victoria has not conducted aerial shooting operations in the area of Mr Coopers property since 6 May 2022.
I understand that Parks Victoria has not received any other reports from landholders regarding aerial shooting operations scaring cattle where the standard 300 metre buffer has been applied. However, I can confirm that Parks Victoria will implement a 500 metre buffer between Mr Coopers property boundary and the aerial shooting zone for any future aerial operations.
In line with usual practice, Parks Victoria will continue to work with all park neighbours and the wider community to raise awareness of the aerial shooting program through notification emails, information sheets, signs, and park closure details on the Parks Victoria website.
I am advised that Parks Victoria continues to work with the Game Management Authority in providing risk-based and intelligence-led enforcement to deter and disrupt those who choose to not comply with Victoria’s national park and wildlife laws.
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy
Minister for Environment and Climate Action
Minister for Solar Homes