Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 417. Updated Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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Bid to send wild dogs packing

A new action plan has been launched to lessen the impact of wild dog attacks which are causing financial and emotional distress to farmers across the country.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said the National Wild Dog Action Plan was straightforward and identified the responsibilities and actions of each stakeholder.

Mr Joyce said it was estimated that the loss of livestock from wild dog attacks, disease transmission and control costs ranged from $48 million to $60 million annually.

"This isn't just about money; the psychological distress to farmers and pet owners resulting from wild dog attacks on their animals is high," he said.

"I know just how prevalent this issue is across jurisdictions and I've heard firsthand from those affected about the emotional and environmental devastation caused by these pests."

Mr Joyce said the plan, developed by WoolProducers Australia, provided a coordinated approach to wild dog management.

New action plan launched

"Wild dog impacts is something I've been acutely aware of for some time and I am proud the Australian Government is joining the fight against the wild dog problem which is affecting so many on the land."

Mr Joyce also announced a $280,000 start-up investment towards wild dog management under the plan, to be managed by the Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), as part of the Government's continued support of the National Landcare Program.

"The plan identifies what needs to be done, and we now have an injection of funds to initiate a nationally coordinated approach to wild dog management," he said.

Mr Joyce said the plan would be managed through an Implementation Steering Committee drawn from the key stakeholders.

He said it had been developed collaboratively by the wool, sheepmeat, cattle and goat industries and by State and Territory Governments.

"I commend WoolProducers Australia for bringing these parties together to develop the Action Plan," Mr Joyce said.

To view the National Wild Dog Action Plan, visit this PS News link.

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