Producers across Goondiwindi and the Southern Downs are looking to the sky to tackle wild dogs, with $200,000 in funding announced for aerial baiting.
The initiative seeks to manage dogs in previously inaccessible areas of Inglewood and through the Southern Downs in Drumsleed, Pikedale, Dalveen.
This is just one of several initiatives announced across the state and across the nation in an attempt to curb ever-increasing numbers of wild dogs.
“Wild dogs are estimated to cost Australia’s agricultural sector as much as $66 million each year through livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs, not to mention the emotional toll,” Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce explains.
“The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative is part of a $15 million joint investment to prevent pests in drought-affected areas of Queensland, with the Australian Government committing $10 million in 2015 to 2016 through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.”
“It’s all about helping landowners deal with the impact of pest animals and weeds at a time when their impacts on stock, pasture and groundcover are heightened,” Minister Joyce says.
Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson also welcomed the new plan, saying the project was now underway with grant agreements signed and funds out the door.
“This project is informed by local knowledge, using advice from the Southern Downs wild dog advisory committee and other stakeholders,” Minister Donaldson says.
“This funding will soon be delivering tangible benefits for drought-affected farmers on the ground in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Councils areas. Wild dog impacts will be significantly reduced and it will help ensure the region is well-placed to maintain low level dog impacts into the future.”
“The impacts of wild dogs are felt even more keenly during periods of drought, and this is a key project to help farmers protect their valuable stock at this critical time,” Minister Donaldson explains.
The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing funding to the Southern Downs Regional Council to invest in lethal baiting consisting of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) which is administered to wild dogs through meat.
Along with the new aerial project, a large section of the Stanthorpe Dingo Spur Fence will also be fixed to improve electrification of up to two kilometres in Pikedale.