WA Wild Dog Alliance members
Initially the WA Wild Dog Alliance will consist of a steering committee of eight members, who have been appointed for an interim 12-month period. During this time, the interim committee will form a longer-term industry-based Alliance that will be in the form of an incorporated association, with broad industry and stakeholder membership.
During the interim period, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) will provide the committee with advice and administrative support.
Current members were chosen from nominations provided by biosecurity groups in the rangeland and agricultural regions. These included:
- An independent Chair with an agricultural/pastoral and biosecurity group background (Mr Geoff Brooks)
- Two selected representatives from the rangelands (Mr Ross Wood and Mr Ashley Dowden)
- Two selected representatives from the agricultural Region (Mr Scott Pickering and Mr Jim Sullivan)
- A representative from DAFWA (Director, Invasive Species)
- A representative from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Mr Dennis Rafferty)
- A representative from Australian Wool Innovation Inc (Mr Ian Evans)
Role of the WA Wild Dog Alliance
Development of the Western Australian Wild Dog Action Plan (WDAP) and the interim committee brings together skilled individuals from both industry and government who are committed to reducing the ever-increasing impacts of wild dogs.
The committee will coordinate and support frontline industry groups currently working independently across WA to manage wild dogs, to ensure that future effort in wild dog control is both targeted and effective.
A key role for the interim committee is to engage with landholders leading to adoption of their primary responsibility for the management of declared pests, including wild dogs, on their own land.
The WA Wild Dog Alliance will:
- Oversee the implementation and continuous improvement of the WA Wild Dog Action Plan as a key driver of wild dog management activities in WA including ensuring consistency with the National Wild Dog Action Plan.
- Engage with the broader community, including conservation and Aboriginal groups, to achieve recognition of the importance of wild dog management to the pastoral and agricultural industries whilst also acknowledging the ecological and cultural values of the dingo.
- Report to industry, government and community on the implementation of the WA Wild Dog Action Plan including the outcomes of recommendations regarding the investment of state and industry funds.
- Recognise and promote landholder and community responsibility for wild dog control and encourage participation by organisations such as biosecurity groups, Shire Councils and producer groups.
- Provide advice to industry and government on future needs for coordinated wild dog management including the allocation of funds and priorities for research.
- Provide the leadership and support necessary to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of biosecurity groups.
- Work with DAFWA to ensure biosecurity and regulatory activities, including management of the Declared Pest Account and other financial operations, are consistent with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, other relevant legislation and accepted Codes of Practice for roles relevant to the Alliance.
- Provide support to biosecurity groups in the adoption of best practice control for wild dogs including adoption of the recommended dog monitoring system, establishment of a WA Wild Dog Alliance website and other related initiatives.
- In collaboration with public and private sector training and research organisations encourage and facilitate the development of new wild dog management methods including the expansion of training opportunities for Licenced Pest Management Technicians.
- Work with government agencies and private sector investors to achieve financial and on ground contributions to wild dog control activities including construction and maintenance of exclusion vermin cell fencing.
- Develop and coordinate programs to train and gain a commitment from farmers, pastoralists and other land managers to the adoption of best practice, legally compliant wild dog management activities.
- Develop long term arrangements for the maintenance and replacement of the State Barrier Fence.
- Provide representation on and liaison with the National Wild Dog body.