Twelve months in development and three months gaining support from all the Australian Agriculture Ministers, this intensive work has culminated with the National Wild Dog Action Plan being officially launched on Friday 4th July in Armidale NSW.
Jim McKenzie, Chair of the Development Committee said this industry-driven initiative has seen grazing industry peak bodies and governments work collaboratively to develop the plan in a little over 12 months. A significant achievement.
Wild dogs are a problem shared across much of mainland Australia and the plan offers a structure and actions to deliver a shared solution. The plan is about building on the good work already being done and identifying ways of ‘doing things smarter’.
WoolProducers Australia President, Geoff Fisken said there is some really hard work being put in by many producers on the ground and we appreciate that. What the plan aims to do is make sure that hard work doesn’t go to waste it encourages everyone to get on the same page.
The development of the plan has been fully supported by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and many of the plan’s objectives consolidate the coordinated efforts of the centre’s wild dog related projects.
The plan’s consultative arrangements are a vital part of the plan if success is to be achieved. These arrangements will ensure that landholders especially get the maximum benefit from this nationally coordinated approach.
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture, has praised WoolProducers Australia, saying, “The approach by WoolProducers Australia to develop the plan as an industry-driven initiative is a model for the management of other established agricultural pest animals and weeds.”
Minister Joyce will launch the plan at the Woolshed (W49) University of New England between 1.30 and 2.30pm on Friday 4 July. After the launch, the Invasive Animals CRC will showcase some of the important wild dog management work they are undertaking.
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National Wild Dog Action Plan, May 2014 [download PDF]