National Wild Dog Action Plan hits the ground running

Minister Barnaby Joyce during the launch

The Minister for Agriculture, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce, (picture by Emma Brown) has officially endorsed the National Wild Dog Action Plan and has announced the allocation of a $280,000 grant.

The money will be used for initiating the implementation of the plan as well as working with landholders tackling the problem of wild dogs. It is expected the initial phase of implementation will take up to 9 months, overseen by an appointed interim chair.

The team working on the implementation consists of representatives from the small and large production animal sectors, delegates from the Department of Agriculture and Vertebrate Pests Committee as well as a research and development corporations representative.

They will be supported by a stakeholder advisory group to be confirmed by the implementation team during July 2014.

Jim McKenzie, Chair of the Development Committee, said the next stage of the plan was going to be in good hands. "We are confident in handing over the implementation to this group, who between them have excellent on-the-ground management and dog experience, they really understand the devastation that wild dogs cause. The group is also committed to dealing with the very serious problem of wild dogs in a coordinated way.”

Geoff FiskenWoolProducers Australia President, Geoff Fisken, said, “Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work and the beginning of a new phase. I know these people who are looking after this next stage and they will be rolling up their sleeves to make sure that all the efforts that are currently going into wild dog management are capitalised on. You go to so many places in the bush and time and again, the thing that they will talk about as a huge problem is dogs.”

WoolProducers Australia identified a gap in the management of wild dogs, being a national coordinated approach where all states, territories and the Commonwealth work together, and initiated the consultation for the plan.

Much work is done by community groups, biosecurity groups, and regional environment groups to address this significant pest issue. The plan takes a nil-tenure approach. For example, wild dogs don’t abide by farm boundary lines or regional or state borders. Nil-tenure takes this into account and uses an overall landscape approach.

All state agriculture or environment ministers have signed off on the plan and the endorsement from the Federal Government makes this a first in pest management in Australia and a possible future model for tackling other pests.

Minister Joyce, said he was proud to be able to provide Federal support to launch this important Industry driven initiative.

“I am fully aware of just how big the issue of wild dogs can be for our primary producers – with an estimated cost of $48.5 million a year, wild dogs have a devastating impact on many farms across Australia. 

“It is not just the financial and environmental consequences of wild dogs that concern me; but also the emotional distress this problem causes farmers concerned for their livestock. It’s clear there is a real need for a coordinated approach to this issue and I congratulate WoolProducers Australia for taking such a leading role in developing the National Wild Dog Action Plan.”

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