CISS welcomes new national feral pig management coordinator

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions welcomes the appointment of Dr Heather Channon to the newly created role of national feral pig management coordinator, based at Australian Pork Limited.

The position was announced late last year to help tackle Australia’s feral pig population and reduce the risk feral pigs pose to the spread of diseases including African Swine Fever (ASF), if the disease ever occurred in Australia.

Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions said it was great to see Dr Channon selected for the role.

“We look forward to working with Heather over the next few years to ensure industry, government and community strategically tackle feral pigs in a coordinated way through the use of new innovation and control techniques, some of which have been developed over the past decade through our RD&E programs”.

The national feral pig management coordinator position was created off the back of the success of the National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP), which is now currently in its fourth iteration, since first being instigated by Wool Producers Australia in 2014.

Greg Mifsud, our Centre’s National Wild Dog Management Coordinator and part of the NWDAP coordination committee recently met with Dr Channon in Adelaide and looks forward to providing advice and support to develop a likeminded National Feral Pig Action Plan.

“Heather has welcomed the opportunity for assistance in pulling together industry and various stakeholders to ensure we can replicate the success of the National Wild Dog Action Plan which has added significant value to agriculture and communities through increasing confidence, leadership, capability and investment in wild dog control”.

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