National Wild Dog Management Coordinator

Summary

The national wild dog coordinator project will continue to build on the platform for strategic management of wild dogs that has been developed over the past ten years. Significant progress in community led wild dog management programs has been achieved during that time, as has the increased level of stakeholder involvement in local, regional, state and national decision-making around wild dog management. This culminated in the development and sign off of the National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP) in 2014, which this project assists in delivering.

Status

In progress

Objectives

  • Adoption of nationally agreed best practice wild dog control techniques, including:
    • Improved adoption and use of Pestsmart and feral scan applications for the management of vertebrate pest species.
    • Improved awareness of wild dog management and best practice control techniques amongst the community and industry stakeholders;
    • Greater understanding of the need for wild dog and vertebrate pest control for the protection of agricultural and environmental assets by the broader urban community through delivery of target communications plan
    • Recognition by industry that wild dog and vertebrate pest control can be delivered weekly as part of property management activities
    • greater coordination of effective and efficient use of appropriate control tools and current best practice management techniques across all tenures Reestablishment of sheep and wool industry in areas of Australia where wild dogs have decimated numbers.
  • Improved conservation of endangered faunal communities through reduced predation following strategic and coordinated control programs for wild dogs but also red foxes and feral cats
  • Improved regulatory framework for access to wild dog control products across states
  • Support and lead the delivery of Australia Wool Innovations Strategic Plan 2016-19 vertebrate pest management targets including:
    • Effective National and regional coordination of vertebrate pest control effort in sheep producing areas
    • 15 new community based vertebrate pest control groups established each year bringing the total of AWI supported groups to 150 by 2018/19.
  • Support red meat producers to reduce the impacts of wild dogs and vertebrate pests to achieve Meat and Livestock Australia’s 2016-2020 strategic plan key performance indicator of reducing cost of feral animal and weeds species by $50 million.
  • The delivery of consistent and current information on integrated wild dog management to producers involved in the wool and red meat industries while improving communication between other public and private land managers in order to generate more effective wild dog management outcomes.

Project Leader



Greg Mifsud
Project Partners
  • Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
  • Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • Animal Health Australia (AHA)
  • Sheep Producers Australia (SPA)
  • Wool Producers Australia (WPA)
  • Cattle Council of Australia (CCA)
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