The National Feral Pig Action Plan

Stakeholder Forums

Stakeholder Forums for the National Feral Pig Action Plan are held on a regular basis. These virtual forums aim to update stakeholders on the progress of the Plan’s implementation, present key learnings from coordinated feral pig management programs and/or RD&E projects, and inform stakeholders of key issues.

These presentations are available for viewing below.

Stakeholder Forum – 13 December 2021

Monitoring of feral pig populations – maximising value from field camera traps.

The focus of this forum is on the effective use of cameras and camera traps to monitor feral pig presence, population changes, and support community engagement at a landscape scale. The speakers discuss how the information obtained from cameras can then be used to assess impacts being caused and adapt best practice management strategies by local management groups.

Our invited speakers were Dr Justin Perry, Research Manager at NAILSMA and Chair of our Scientific Advisory Panel, Dr. Andrew Bengsen, Research Scientist at NSW DPI’s Vertebrate Pest Research Unit and member of the NFPAP’s Scientific Advisory Panel, and Chris Gaschk, Natural Resource Management Officer at Western Downs Regional Council, Dalby, Queensland.

 Welcome and Introduction
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC
Community engagement and demonstration sites
Dr Heather Channon, NFPMC
Practicalities of camera trapping to detect and count feral pigs
Andrew Bengsen, DPI NSW
Utilizing Data to Engage Land Managers- New Technology Adoption in Pest Monitoring
Chris Gaschk, Western Downs Regional Council
Automated analysis of photos for environmental impact assessment
Dr Justin Perry, NAILSMA and NFPAP SAP Chair
Stakeholder Forum Q&A
Ricky Archer, NAILSMA and NFPAP IC Chair
Responses to Questions available here
Meeting close
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC

Stakeholder Forum – 11 October 2021

How to make and implement an effective Feral Pig management plan.

This forum had presentations from Troy Crittle, Invasive Species Officer, NSW DPI and Stu Barker, from Wild Science in NT, who discuss the application of effective integrated, best practice management of feral pigs in different regions around Australia.

 Welcome and Introduction
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC
Progress update on the Plan’s implementation
Dr Heather Channon, NFPMC
Feral Pig Management Planning
Troy Crittle, Invasive Species Officer, NSW DPI
Pig baiting in NSW
Troy Crittle, Invasive Species Officer, NSW DPI
Feral pig trapping
Troy Crittle, Invasive Species Officer, NSW DPI
Setting the standard in wildlife and feral animal management
Stu Barker, Wild Science, NT
Stakeholder forum Q&A
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC
Response to Questions

Stakeholder Forum – 5 July 2021

This Forum focussed on management programs being led by, or involving, Indigenous organisations and Traditional Owners to protect cultural, environmental and agricultural assets from feral pigs. Watch the recordings of the presentations from speakers from around Australia below.

Welcome and introductions
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC
Next steps – Implementing the Plan
Dr Heather Channon, NFPMC
Maningrida Learning on Country program
Alex ”Batman” Ernst, NT Schools
Predator control and turtle nest monitoring in the Western Cape York by the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance
Kerri Woodcock, Cape York NRM
Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation’s feral pig management program
Jory Stariwat, CLCAC and Desmond Armstrong, Gangalidda-Garawa Ranger Coordinator
Defining metrics for successful feral pig management in remote Australia
Dr Justin Perry, NAILSMA
Ricky Archer, Chair NFPAP IC

Stakeholder Update- December 2020

Outline of the key goals, objectives and actions in the draft National Feral Pig Action Plan.

Stakeholder Forum – 27 October 2020

Held virtually on Tuesday 27 October 2020. 

Greg Mifsud

Greg Mifsud, the National Wild Dog Management Coordinator, provided insights and key learnings from the National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP) that may be applicable for feral pigs.

Dr. Heather Channon

An update of the NFPAP survey outcomes was provided, summarising the hundreds of responses received.

Darren Marshall

Darren Marshall, from SQ Landscapes and a NFPAP Steering Group member, gave a terrifically engaging presentation on his field work with groups of land managers.

Peter West

DPI NSW Invasive Species Officer (Engagement) and National Coordinator – FeralScan, Peter West, manages the national FeralScan program to help communities monitor and manage pest species. Peter provided valuable insights into the capabilities of the FeralPigScan system and busted a few myths along the way, particularly those around data management and access.

Stakeholder Forum – 2 September 2020

Held virtually on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Leon Collins
Leon Collins, Deputy Chair and Leanne Erakovic, Executive Officer, Australian Banana Growers Council provides an insight into the successes, learnings and challenges of the Panama Disease Feral Pig Control Program.
Dr Heather Channon

Dr Heather Channon, National Feral Pig Management Coordinator, presented on the structure and progress of the NFPAP as at 2 September 2020.

Zena Ronnfeldt

Zena Ronnfeldt, from Boss Agriculture, Dalby, Queensland, and a NFPAP Steering Group member (representing Agforce Queensland), conveyed the challenges of landholders dealing with feral pigs and the need for a NFPAP.

John Maher

John Maher, Chair of the NFPAP, provided a brief update on the current status and opportunities with regard to feral pig management in Australia.

Animal Health Committee 

An update on the outcomes and recommendations of the Animal Health Committee (AHC) African swine fever (ASF) Feral Pig Task Group, focussing on ASF preparedness and response was presented by Dr Hayley Pearson, Preparedness and Response Policy Officer, Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Resources; Dr. Allison Crook, Chief Veterinary Officer, Queensland and Chair of the Animal Health Committee ASF Feral Pig Task Group; and Dr. Sue Fitzpatrick, Chief Veterinary Officer, Northern Territory.