Parks Victoria has side stepped Australian contract shooting companies and the SSAA Victoria to pay a New Zealand Company $42000 to conduct a feral goat cull that only claimed 23 goats and 15 feral pigs over ten days.
Parks Victoria even went as far to side step around the competitive process to hire the NZ Pest control firm Backcountry Contractors stating that there were no suitable Australian contractors.
The SSAA East Gipsland has 60 members accredited for pest control on public land and this free resource was not utilised.
I have to imagine that local amateurs doing a managed pest control program could have done as good if not better than a foreign company coming in and conducting work in an unfamiliar terrain.
There is a poll on the Weekly Times Now website asking: Should Parks Victoria have hired New Zealand shooters?
Here is the full news article: NZ hunters on payroll