PestSmart Connect offers new tools to support National Wild Dog Action Plan
16 June 2015
A new National Wild Dog Action Plan portal on the PestSmart Connect website is making it easier for farmers and others to share information and implement nationally consistent wild dog control practices.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, officially launched the new-look PestSmart Connect website and portal today, and said the new online tools developed by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) would support a coordinated national approach to combating wild dogs.
“Combating the scourge of wild dogs is an issue close to my heart, and I have seen first-hand the terrible impact of wild dog attacks,” Minister Joyce said.
“It’s not just about the estimated up to $66 million that wild dog attacks cost Australia’s agricultural sector each year through livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs. It’s also about the emotional impact that wild dog attacks have on the farmers who put their blood, sweat and tears into raising and protecting their livestock.
“The Australian Government provided a $280,000 start-up investment to support the initial phase of implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan.
As part of this investment the PestSmart resources developed by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre were reviewed, and the most valuable resources were updated and distributed to those areas in need.
“The action plan identified that landholders wanted better access to up-to-date information on effective wild dog management—the new portal delivers this, supporting farmers and the community to make well-informed decisions about effective wild dog controls on their own properties or as part of a group,” Minister Joyce said.
“In addition to supporting the implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan, the new-look PestSmart Connect website will also provide practical resources to complement other important work by the Invasive Animals CRC.
“PestSmart Connect serves as a one-stop-shop for farmers and the community to easily access all the information they need on best practice management of wild dogs and other pest animals, including a wild dog management glovebox guide, and videos. Farmers can also connect with each other and find assistance in their region to help them tackle wild dogs and other pest animal problems.
“The Australian Government will continue working with state and territory governments, industry groups and research organisations to help farmers combat pest animals.”
Minister Joyce said the Australian Government’s start-up investment in the National Wild Dog Action Plan had supported national coordination of wild dog management, increased stakeholder engagement and awareness of the magnitude of the wild dog issue, and further development of wild dog management information resources.
The funding complemented $8.8 million already expended through the 2014 drought assistance package for pest management across Australia, as well as an additional $25.8 million committed under this year’s Budget to continue to manage the impacts of pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas.
The PestSmart Connect website offers a toolkit of materials to support best practice management of pest animals across Australia. For more information, visit pestsmart.org.au.