NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service would like to seek members feedback on a proposal to undertake aerial pest management between 13-17 December 2021.
Consultation and notification about this program have been provided to relevant stakeholders including HMAS Albatross, Goulburn Airport, Canberra Airport, Snowy Mountains Airport and Shoalhaven City Council.
NPWS Aerial Shooting is conducted by Park Air. A Squirrel B3 helicopter is used with a crew considting of Pilot, Navigator, Shooter and on ground OIC keeping Flight following SAR.
All shooters are highly training and are part of the FAAST (Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team) staff. The aircraft operates below 3500 ft and in daylight hours only. This operation is part of a long term pest animal control program that has been taking place since 1984. This program aims to take advantage of the 2020 bush fire activity and reduced canopy in the reserves listed.
Below is the mapping for the next round of Post-Fire Aerial Shooting within the Shoalhaven and Illawarra Highlands section of South Coast Branch National Parks Area of Operations: Zones A, B and N.
Generally, we will be aiming for peak pest animal activity, for example flying/shooting early morning starts 05:00am and late arvo up until last light 18:30pm with another one or two runs throughout the daylight period.
There is nil expectations to fly within the Nowra HMAS Albatross restricted airspace as most of the pest animals we are targeting are further to the west of Morton NP and Bungonia State Conservation Area.
Please see attached paper for further information.