Help to combat pest animals is only a click away

Photo: Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, officially launches PestSmart Connect in Canberra

16 June 2015

A new online pest animal toolkit from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) is a one-stop shop of practical knowledge to arm farmers and land managers with the information and connections they need to combat pest animals.

IA CRC digital communications manager Keryn Lapidge said, “We are pleased to have the Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, officially launch PestSmart Connect today, recognising this as an important knowledge hub for tackling pest animal problems such as wild dogs, which have become a really big economic and social issue for Australian farmers.”

The website also links to the FeralScan website and app which provides people with the capability to map pest animal sightings and damage and then to use this information to track and control the problem.

“This website is really strong on connecting people and communities. A feature is the ‘connect’ portal which aims to provide contact details of agencies, organisations and groups that are active in pest animal management and can provide people with services, useful advice or assistance – at a practical on-ground level, but also at a policy level,” she said.

The PestSmart Connect website features pest animal species that are a having a major impact on biodiversity and agriculture in Australia including wild dogs, foxes, feral cats, rabbits and carp. There are handy glovebox guides, videos about trapping and baiting, case studies and links to assistance.

“We hope this will be a useful knowledge hub for farmers and land managers and we plan to continue to improve the resource over time,” Ms Lapidge said.

The PestSmart Connect website www.pestsmart.org.au is the culmination of ten years of information gathering and research by the IA CRC – Australia’s largest integrated pest animal management research organisation.

Video:  Agriculture Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce at the launch of the PestSmart wild dog and other noxious pests website. National Wild Dog Facilitator, Greg Mifsud, and Invasive Animals CEO Andreas Glanznig also featured.


Media contact:

Keryn Lapidge, Invasive Animals CRC
M: 0414 600 878 | E: keryn.lapidge@invasiveanimals.com

Kylee Carpenter, Invasive Animals CRC
P: 02 6201 2890 | M: 0429 985 643 | E: kylee.carpenter@invasiveanimals.com

The Invasive Animals CRC is supported by the Australian Government’s Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme

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Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce: Media release