In January 2021, the Director of National Parks (DNP) advised of the following safety action:
In December 2019, the DNP commenced an internal review of standards of practice relating to aerial culling activity and related PPE use to ensure best and consistent practice. As a result of this review, the DNP has reaffirmed its requirement for the use of helmets during any future culling activities (noting aerial culling remains suspended) and will develop and implement operational procedures to ensure their appropriate use prior to any recommencement of aerial culling operations.
The DNP has also commenced a process to select and acquire helmets for staff who undertake aerial culling activity in the future. In doing so, the DNP is committed to ensuring the PPE selected is operationally sound, non-obstructive and does not create further risk for crew undertaking shooting operations or anyone else who may be impacted by the work.