Questions on Notice No 6714
59 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.

No answer available