More than 80 people attended the official launch of the Shoalhaven Fox Control Program at Cambewarra on Saturday.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward officially launched the program which, after successful trials between Berry and Budgong, is now being extended to south of the Shoalhaven River, from Nowra to Wandandian, a massive area of 550 square kilometres.
Mr Ward also presented the group with $5000 to assist with the program.
The Shoalhaven Landcare Association embarked on the landscape wide fox control trial in August 2018.
Project manager Peter Jirgens describing the launch as a great success with many of the people attending either involved in the initial trial or keen to join the program.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to the 15 volunteers who participated in the Berry to Budgong trial area and who will be continuing their work in the new year.
“Due to the success of our trial last year, the Shoalhaven Fox Control Program will now cover private land from Wandandian to Berry,” Mr Jirgens said.
“We are looking for volunteers who would like to join with us in reducing the impact of foxes on native and domestic livestock.
“We are looking for a further 20 volunteers north and south of the Shoalhaven River.”
There are a range of roles available to volunteers, including managing fox control stations, sensor camera monitoring and administration.
The Berry to Budgong trial established 60 control stations on 13 rural properties, all maintained by volunteers.
From August to December last year 240 foxes were removed from the area at a cost of $15 per fox.
The next training course with Local Land Services is Thursday, March 7 from 9am-12pm.
If you are interested in being involved, go to the Shoalhaven Landcare website and follow the links www.shoalhavenlandcare.org.au or call Peter Jirgens on 0488 460011.