A draft five-year plan to reduce the impact of wild dogs has been released for targeted stakeholder consultation.
Justin Steadman, chairman of the Wild Dog Action Group and a pastoralist from Carnarvon, said the draft plan was developed by the action group with support from the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).
The action group includes representatives from the Pastoralists and Graziers Association, WAFarmers, landholders, biosecurity groups, government agencies, and the Sheep Industry Leadership Council.
The action group considered the pros and cons of the range of control options, including the State Barrier Fence, exclusion fencing, baiting, doggers and stakeholder feedback. Extensive consultation with key stakeholders, science-based information and economic analysis informed the discussions.
“It is important to note, the plan has been designed to evolve with the changing face of the Western Australian environment and adapt as necessary into the future,” Mr Steadman said.
“Biosecurity is always on the move and so the various initiatives and tools at our disposal must keep pace with the changing needs as each challenge presents itself.”
The draft action plan is the result of careful consideration of all options. It has been sent to key stakeholder organisations seeking their comment over the next month. Any individuals wanting to make comment should do so through their local organisation.
The development of the plan has been funded through DAFWA’s Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, made possible by Royalties for Regions.
DAFWA Invasive Species Director Viv Read said the department had appointed independent consultants to assist the action group with developing the plan.
“The draft action plan was developed professionally with wide consultation and based on good science and economic analysis,” Mr Read said.
“The plan aligns with the National Wild Dog Action Plan and, if funded and implemented, is expected to substantially support industry revitalisation processes.”
Jodie Thomson/Lisa Bertram, DAFWA media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937