Wild dog fund­ing ap­proval for wool body

Countryman - - WA FARMERS -

Up to $312,400 in fund­ing has been ap­proved for Aus­tralian Wool In­no­va­tion for stage three of the Na­tional Wild Dog Ac­tion Plan in 2017-18 and 2018-19, through the Agri­cul­tural Com­pet­i­tive­ness White Pa­per’s Es­tab­lished Pest An­i­mals and Weeds Mea­sure.

The fund­ing will pro­vide for the fol­low­ing po­si­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties: A com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor. An ac­tion plan im­ple­men­ta­tion man­ager.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­min­is­tra­tion and NWDAP web­site costs.

Grant ad­min­is­tra­tion by AWI. WAFarm­ers Live­stock Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Pick­er­ing, who also holds the role of the WAFarm­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Na­tional Wild Dog Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, said there was a need for on­go­ing shared re­spon­si­bil­ity re­gard­ing the co-or­di­na­tion of wild-dog man­age­ment across Aus­tralia.

“These funds are a great step for­ward for the fight against wild dogs, which can cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to live­stock num­bers and farm­ers’ in­come, and can dec­i­mate na­tive an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions,” Mr Pick­er­ing said.

“Stage three will fa­cil­i­tate greater co-or­di­na­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram across the coun­try, which is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of the NWDAP over the com­ing years.

“Though not all re­quests in the AWI pro­posal were granted, we are very grate­ful for the fund­ing that was ap­proved, and for the con­tin­ued sup­port of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in this im­por­tant project.”

Pic­ture: So­nia Jor­dan, cour­tesy In­va­sive An­i­mals CRC

Up to $312,400 in fund­ing has been ap­proved for Aus­tralian Wool In­no­va­tion for stage three of the Na­tional Wild Dog Ac­tion Plan in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

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