An injection of funds to help combat the region’s wild dog’s problem has been welcomed by the Member for Monaro John Barilaro.
The NSW Government will provide additional funding to tackle wild dogs in the south-east of the State, announced this week by the Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson and Minister for the Environment Rob Stokes.
The program will receive $100,000 to assist targeted control programs in south-east NSW where wild dogs are a threat to both agriculture and the environment.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is serious about the wild dog threat; this is a step in the right direction in supporting farmers to reduce the impact of wild dogs on stock,” said Mr Barilaro.
“Wild dogs are a major issue for landholders in the Monaro region and reduce agricultural productivity by millions annually.
“Wild dogs cause untold heartache for our livestock producers across the State – Local Land Services is working hand in hand with farmers, wild dog control groups and partner organisations to help control these pests.”
Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said the majority of the $100,000 in funding will go towards enhancing strategic trapping and baiting programs in the region, to be undertaken by Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers and landholders.
“Local Land Services has progressed well in engaging with community groups and is making a concerted effort and effective contribution towards reducing the impact of wild dogs on agricultural production in NSW. This joint project will be a huge boost to these efforts,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The project will also implement an integrated reporting system for wild dog management activities and wild dog attacks on livestock.
“It will enable the sharing of information across agencies, including Local Land Services and NPWS, to better coordinate activities across the region.”
Minister Stokes said “A key part of the program will include improved monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of current wild dog management strategies.
“Part of the funding will go towards monitoring the positive impacts of the program on native fauna conservation and reducing livestock predation,” Mr Stokes said.
“The program will also support a review of all wild dog management plans to ensure that they adopt best practice, have resources for implementation identified and agreed, and have a monitoring component to gauge their success.”
Wild dogs cost an estimated $50 million in damage to Australia’s livestock industries and cause widespread damage to our environment and local communities. The NSW Government is committed to working with landholders to reduce the agricultural and biodiversity impacts of wild dogs.