Local wild dog knowledge sought
Community workshops to be held soon to develop new management plans
A SERIES of community workshops will be held soon to seek local input to the development of a new Wild Dog Management Zone Work Plan.
Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the work plans were a key part of the government’s Action Plan for Managing Wild Dogs in Victoria launched in December last year.
“Wild dogs have a devastating impact on farmers and communities, and the Victorian Government is committed to helping landholders control the vicious and destructive pests,” Mr Walsh said.
“As part of the action plan, l ocal area work plans will be developed for each of t he 15 wild dog management zones i n East Gippsland and North East Victoria.
“The work plans will specify operational targets on both private and public land and will ensure a coordinated, integrated approach to wild dog management.
“Local communities will be provided an opportunity to contribute their knowledge and help guide the direction of their area’s plan.
“The workshops will also provide an opportunity f or landholders to find out more about Community Wild Dog Control Groups and will help them complete native vegetation clearance consent forms for protecting dog fencing on public-private land boundaries.”
In Mansfield, the community workshop will take place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on April 9 at DEPI, 128 Highett Street Mansfield.
Mr Walsh said on t op of increasing the effectiveness of trapping, the Action Plan for Managing Wild Dogs in Victoria also included an increase in the number of baits laid to almost 20,000 this year, commitments to improve access to fresh 1080 baits and the removal of red tape hindering control efforts.
“Industry and government need to work together to reduce the impacts of wild dogs, using all available tools including trapping, baiting, shooting, exclusion fencing and good animal husbandry,” he said.