NSW - National Parks and Wildlife Service Aerial Pest Management (Aerial shooting)

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    Start 30/06/2022
    AEST 10:00
    End 21/07/2022
    AEST 10:00

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    David  McCreery
    NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting aerial shooting in parks and reserves near the Nowra restricted airspace from 29 August - 9 September 2022.

    The issue

    In order to control feral animal populations, aerial shooting operations are often conducted by NPWS (Park Air) in a Squirrel B3 helicopter. The crew consists of a Pilot, Navigator, Shooter and an on ground Officer-in-Charge maintaining Flight Following for search and rescue purposes.

    The aerial shooting operations should be conducted within NPWS land tenure only, near Nowra restricted air space, performing low flying operations that target pest animals only.

    Due to the proximity of the operations, HMAS Albatross, Nowra and other airspace users may be potentially impacted by the upcoming aerial shoot on NPWS parks and reserves from 29 August - 9 September 2022.

    Purpose

    To seek feedback on upcoming planned aerial shooting operations for feral animal control by the NPWS South Coast Branch.

    Proposal

    The next round of Post-Fire Aerial Shooting will be within the Shoalhaven and Illawarra Highlands section of South Coast Branch National Parks Area of Operations. In order to reduce the potential impact on other stakeholders, the aircraft will only operate during daylight hours and below 3500FT. This operation is part of a long term pest animal control program that has been taking place since 1984 using highly trained shooters that are part of the FAAST (Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team) staff.

    There are no expectations to fly within the Nowra HMAS Albatross restricted airspace as most of the pest animals being targeted are further to the west of Morton National Park and Bungonia State Conservation Area. Please see mapping below for further detail.

    Generally, we will be aiming for peak pest animal activity. This will likely involve flying/shooting with early morning starts (05:00am) and from late afternoon until last light (18:30pm) with intermittent operations throughout the day.

    Submitted by

    David McCreery
    NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
    david.mccreery@environment.nsw.gov.au

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