We have a new state government and it will be interesting to see how conservation fares. We also now have a Company without John and Meg as shareholders though we trust that they will continue to advise, help and visit as best they are able. I am sure you would agree that their work and sacrifice over the last 47 years has been greatly appreciated and that the legacy that they have left is quite remarkable. Many thanks John and Meg. We welcome their daughters, Catherine and Belinda, as they become the official shareholders in the family.
Andrew and the Tothill working group, with the Board’s approval, have instigated a feral deer control program in the Tothills. Ron D, an experienced shooter, has been contracted to carry out the cull. We can expect to pay $3000 pa for his services. The way deer are proliferating it may be a long-term program. Hopefully we will be able to get some grants to help fund the costs. To ensure that there are no safety issues with people wishing to visit the Tothills, you are asked to notify Andrew of any intended visit so that he can let Ron know of your presence. You can contact Andrew on his mobile 0427 764 896 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are legally obliged to control feral deer.
I think I notified everyone that we missed out on the most recent round of Revitalising Private Conservation grants. We are still going ahead with replacing property signs. This is mainly so we have the wording “No Unauthorised Access” on them which enables the police to act and is particularly important on KI where we have had tracks forced through the bush by bikes and 4WD vehicles.
Final wording on the signs is nearing agreement.
We still have money to spend from our original Revitalising grant which must be spent by the end of June. Our seedling growth has met a few obstacles this year with poor germination of the Senna seeds and rabbits and rats invading GWLAP’s nursery. However, Nic and Angela have grown many grasses and are already planting some of them out. The rest of the funds will be spent on guards and costs incurred by GWLAP in raising seedlings. The watering done by GWLAP and volunteers earlier this year was very successful and cost much less than the quote thanks to the efforts of those volunteers. We can now organize another watering if necessary or buy even more guards with the money saved!
Together with the cat eradication program, the Dunnart survey and the proposed Echidna survey, DEW is now conducting an aerial and ground survey to establish the population size of Tammar Wallabies. The purpose of the survey is to establish a reliable base-line on which to establish commercial cull quotas. (The overall cull number will be 10% of the total population) It is hoped the commercial quotas will be taken up and reduce the number of destruction permits issued. Whatever the result, culls on our land will not happen, but it will be interesting to have a number for our wallaby population, however unreliable it may be. The aerial survey will be done at night using thermal imaging cameras and drones. The images are of sufficient quality to allow wallabies to be distinguished from kangaroos.
That brings you up to date with most of the current activities of the Company. If you have any questions please let me know.
All the best,