NWDAP Communiqué 24

April 2017 | Edition 2017 / 2

Stakeholder Consultative Group Forum update

The Stakeholder Consultative Group met in Brisbane on February 28th and March 1st, to discuss proposals for the next two years and report on current activities.

Joe Lane, Principle Consultant, GHD Pty Ltd presented the preliminary findings of the mid-term review of the NWDAP. GHD acknowledged the significance of the Federal Government funding of Stages 1 and 2 for the positions of the APIM and the ISC, which were essential for the implementation of NWDAP. The counterfactual case was assessed and found that activities would have continued but their efficiency and effectiveness was enhanced by NWDAP.

The pest animal controller training project to promote best practice and enable trappers to move between states held its pilot training event for 10 candidates with further training with NSW and Qld candidates (10) and in WA with 5 candidates. There will be meetings with state governments to promote the training program.

There are case studies being produced on wild dog management groups in WA, Victoria, NSW and Qld to describe how groups solve problems, the interventions in group management that work and don’t work and the skills in relationships needed for a group to work well.

There are videos produced (PAPP, CPE and WildDogScan) and others in production/editing phase (Cluster fencing, the Paroo Model, Gold Coast peri-urban dog control, and Wild Dogs 101). Field day exhibitions on pest animals have been held in Victoria, NSW, SA and Qld with WA and NT locked in. 20 PestSmart publications have been either updated or produced. The NWDAP website and communiques are well subscribed. Media releases have occurred with the latest being the Pest Animal Controller project.

Measures of impacts and investment have progressed with agreement made on the data fields; date, Name, Location, number of dogs sighted, number of animals killed, number of animals maimed, number of animals destroyed, number of baits used, number of control events. The reporting period will be 12 months. The metric for effort (control activity and participation) will be determined shortly after the forum.

There is progress in WildDogScan for App users with GPS enabled to pin dog locations, making repeat entries faster, end of month reports for land managers and for groups and SMS alerts within the App.

The forum heard about the current research under the Invasive Animals CRC and future research planning under the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions. The peri-urban project showed attacks on pets and wildlife such as koalas. Camera trap data collection from the North east NSW project is contributing to the development of the Wild Dog Alert system and the APVMA submission for up to 40 baits/km for aerial baiting. The findings here lead into the future CISS projects.