Lo­cal wild dog knowl­edge sought

Com­mu­nity work­shops to be held soon to de­velop new man­age­ment plans

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

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.

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