New wild dog coordinators

New wild dog coordinators

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Advertiser content: AWI is co-funding two new wild dog coordinator positions in Queensland. Their role is to assist woolgrowers and other key stakeholders to work togetherto lessen the impact of livestock predation by wild dogs. Reducing these attacks will improve onfarm productivity, rural community wellbeing and rural biodiversity.

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Skyela Kruger

Skyela Kruger

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AWI is co-funding two new wild dog coordinator positions in Queensland. Their role is to assist woolgrowers and other key stakeholders to work togetherto lessen the impact of livestock predation by wild dogs. Reducing these attacks will improve onfarm productivity, rural community wellbeing and rural biodiversity.

AWI Program Manager Vertebrate Pests, Ian Evans said collaboration between local landholders is vital but can be challenging without external help.

“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 as in Queensland that are needed to be able to work together on the 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.”

AWI funding for the appointment of the two new wild dog coordinators in Queensland complements AWI funding for wild dog coordinators in other states.

• QLD (south-west): Skyela Kruger 0429232 089

• NSW (north-east): Dave Worsley 0429 638 078 

• NSW (western): Bruce Duncan 0409 515 471

• VIC (Gippsland): Brian Dowley 0408 436 600 and Lucy-anne Cobby 0488 712 616

• VIC (north-east): Michael Freeman 0477 358 061

• WA: Meja Aldrich 0417 622 780 

Funding is available under AWI’s ‘Community Wild Dog Control Initiative’ to individual groups to undertake wild dog control activities.

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 wilddogs@wool.com. 

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