Committee to give fresh advice on wild dog control

VICTORIA’S new wild dog control advisory committee held its first meeting last week, bringing a new approach to wild dog management across the state.

Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industries Bill Sykes said the first meeting was a positive and productive start for the committee.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to tackling the wild dog issue which was ignored by Labor for more than 10 years while it was in government,” Dr Sykes said.

“This advisory committee will increase landholder participation in decision-making by empowering local action groups to help direct regional control efforts.

“The committee will recommend priorities for research and development and provide strategic guidance for continuous improvement and innovation in wild dog control in Victoria.”

Dr Sykes said the committee replaced the Gippsland and North East wild dog management groups.

“The establishment of this committee, along with the reintroduction of a bounty on wild dogs earlier this year, delivers on the Victorian Coalition Government’s promise to reinvigorate wild dog management in Victoria,” Dr Sykes said.

“The introduction of aerial baiting next year will also play a vital part in controlling the impact of these invasive, marauding animals.”

Chair Peter Bailey said the committee’s first meeting included updates on the wild dog situation in Victoria.

“There were presentations from landholders on the wild dog situation, discussions on how to achieve greater community involvement in implementing the Victorian wild dog control program and an update on planning for aerial baiting,” Mr Bailey said.

The committee includes Victorian Farmers Federation representative Michael McCormack; landholders Marilyn Clydsdale, (Tintaldra), Peter Star (Bethanga), Alan Brown (Orbost), Simon Turner (Bindi), Jim Fisher (Yanac), and Ken Skews (Ensay); and Graeme Dear (catchment management authorities), Andrew Woolnough (Department of Primary Industries), Scott Lawrence (Department of Sustainability and Environment) and Andrew Marshall (Parks Victoria).

“Anyone who wants to contribute their knowledge or ideas about wild dog control in their region is encouraged to contact their local committee member,” Mr Bailey said.

The committee will meet again in early 2012.

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