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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
46 ON FARM AWI-funded wild dog coordinators across the country recently got together to share with each other how they work with woolgrowers and other stakeholders to help strengthen their rural communities’ efforts to assist with sustained on-the-ground control of wild dogs. WILD DOG COORDINATORS SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE AWI funds and co-funds wild dog coordinators in each state to help landholders and communities work together – locally and across shires – to combat wild dog attacks. The coordinators themselves also regularly liaise with each other – and they met up in September, along with other state and territory coordinators, in Toowoomba, Queensland, for a three-day workshop and skills update. At the workshop, the coordinators shared regional/state updates, developments in R&D, communication and community engagement skills – and their knowledge and experience of developing, implementing and evaluating local and regional pest animal management plans. COLLABORATION Although each region has their specific challenges, across the country the biggest challenge for controlling wild dogs is the sustained engagement of landholders and the community. Greg Mifsud, the National Wild Dog Management Coordinator with the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, who is part-funded by AWI, said that a sustained, collaborative approach was needed. “It is the cooperation between groups involved in the issue that ensures the success of wild dog control. “This includes the collaboration between landholders, whether they be livestock or other, with government, council, and the community and industry groups in the region. “By creating and fostering this network of engaged and active participation, wild dog control can be achieved.” Ian Evans, AWI’s Program Manager, Vertebrate Pests, said the three-day workshop in Toowoomba was designed to build capacity within the team of wild dog coordinators across the country. “AWI has a long-term outlook on wild dog control. Part of this outlook is to facilitate the professional development of the AWI-funded and co-funded coordinators,” Ian said. “Wild dog attacks have decimated sheep numbers in many parts of Queensland and the problem is widespread across Australia, but with the support of coordinators, landholders and groups, we are able to get on top of the problem. “Having coordinators in these crucial areas is strengthening our approach in protecting the nation’s sheep flock and supporting communities who are emotionally and financially affected by wild dog attacks. “By bringing together these professionals, the workshop provided the opportunity for people to learn from the experiences of others and facilitate collaboration between local, regional, state and national control initiatives.” AWI-FUNDED WILD DOG COORDINATORS • Queensland (south-west): Skyela Kruger 0429 232 089 • NSW (north-east): Dave Worsley 0429 638 078 • NSW (western): Bruce Duncan 0409 515 471 • Victoria (Gippsland): Brian Dowley 0408 436 600 and Lucy-anne Cobby 0488 712 616 (shared position) • Victoria (north-east): Michael Freeman 0477 358 061 • Western Australia: Meja Aldrich 0417 622 780 • South Australia: Marty Bower 0419 835 120 Funding is available under AWI’s 'Community Wild Dog Control Initiative' to individual groups to undertake wild dog control activities. Funding can be directed by groups to fill gaps they have identified in their control plans. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting groups to become self-sufficient in the longer term. To apply, groups should download and complete the application form at www.wool.com/wilddogs and submit it along with a plan, a map and a project budget to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are open to new groups as well as those groups that have previously received funding from AWI. If you need clarification or assistance please contact AWI Program Manager Vertebrate Pests, Ian Evans, on 0427 773 005 or email@example.com AWI FUNDING AVAILABLE State and territory wild dog coordinators at a recent workshop in Queensland. Left to right: Marty Bower, SA; Lucy-Ann Coby, Vic; Michael Freeman, Vic; Wendy Allen, National Wild Dog Action Program (NWDAP); Brett Carlsson, Qld; Greg Mifsud, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions; Riccarda Brindley, NWDAP; Meja Aldrich, WA; Bruce Duncan, NSW; Ian Evans, AWI; Isabel Martin, AWI; Skyela Kruger, Qld; Huw Nolan, University of New England; Rhys Arnott, NT; Dave Worsley, NSW. Wild dog pulling at a Canid Pest Ejector. PHOTO NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
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