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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
48 ON FARM The eight coordinators (see map below) help woolgrowers and other stakeholders work together to strengthen their rural communities’ efforts to achieve sustained on-the-ground control of wild dogs. They also help coordinate on-ground wild dog control activities. The coordinators use a ‘nil-tenure landscape level’ approach with local communities that highlights the benefit of focusing on the ‘common problem’ rather than attributing ownership of the wild dogs to individual land managers. This approach encourages good working relationships between private and public land managers. Through this consultative process, local farmers can not only share AWI-funded wild dog coordinators in each mainland state are helping reduce the impact of wild dog predation in sheep producing areas – thereby improving on-farm productivity, rural community wellbeing and rural biodiversity. COORDINATING WILD DOG CONTROL AWI funds and co-funds wild dog coordinators in each Australian mainland state to help landholders and communities work together to combat wild dog attacks. If you have a problem with wild dogs on your property, contact your region’s wild dog coordinator below to see how you can get on top of the problem. • Victoria (north-east): Michael Freeman 0477 358 061 • Victoria (Gippsland): Brian Dowley 0408 436 600 and Lucy-anne Cobby 0488 712 616 (shared position) • South Australia: Marty Bower 0419 835 120 • Western Australia: Meja Aldrich 0417 622 780 • Queensland (central-west): Position being filled • Queensland (south-west): Skyela Kruger 0429 232 089 • NSW (north-east): Dave Worsley 0429 638 078 • NSW (western): Bruce Duncan 0409 515 471 AWI-FUNDED WILD DOG COORDINATORS in the ‘ownership’ of the decision making but can identify and pursue the resources required to successfully implement a local and regional solution. More importantly, it can have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of farmers in the area who now feel that something positive is being done to address the constant financial and emotional impact of wild dogs. AWI Program Manager Vertebrate Pests, Ian Evans, says collaboration between local landholders is vital but can be challenging without the external help provided by an independent coordinator. “Woolgrowers recognise the vital need for wild dog control, but they often don’t have the relationships with all land managers across sometimes vast distances that are needed to be able to work together on the wild dog problem,” he said. “Nor do they necessarily have all the skills or resources to combat dogs, and those people that are actively involved in dog control can often feel burnout due to the scale of the problem and low participation within a region. “That is why communities need a coordinator to step in and help out. They need somebody independent, who can break down these barriers and get landholders working locally and across shires.” MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/wilddogs