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Arid Lands workshops an opportunity
to comment on draft Wild Dog Plan
People with an interest in wild dog management in the SA Arid Lands region are
encouraged to attend one of seven workshops to be held over July and August to offer
their feedback on the draft regional Wild Dog Management Plan.
The SA Arid Lands Wild Dog Management Plan has been developed on behalf of the SA
Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board with significant input
from community, and these latest workshops – hosted by the district-based NRM Groups –
provide the first opportunity to comment on a draft.
SAAL NRM Board Presiding Member Janet Brook said the completed plan would be an
important document for the Board and for the region
“It will provide a guide for land managers and government staff conducting wild dog
management in the region to 2018,” she said.
“It will contribute to improved cattle and biodiversity outcomes outside (north of) the
Dog Fence – where the wild dog/dingo is not declared – and control programs inside
(south of) the Dog Fence where the wild dog is a declared pest.”
The interactive workshops will offer the SA Arid Lands community and other
stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the draft plan and will discuss and make
amendments to the plan in real time.
To date, the plan’s development has been heavily informed by canvassing stakeholders –
including surveying land managers inside and outside the Dog Fence – and by information
gathered from the six-year Dingo Research Project.
“Stakeholders have already been asked about a variety of issues with about 120
contributing their views already,” Ms Brook said.
“Responses to date have surrounded defining the difference between a ‘wild dog’ and a
‘dingo’, the effectiveness of current management strategies, monitoring and data
collection, the value the dingo has in the environment and in Aboriginal culture, baiting,
cultural issues around dingo/wild dog management and the best way to develop a
“These workshops are an opportunity for our community and stakeholders to tell us if we
have got the Plan right.”
The consultation process has been inclusive of the wide variety of stakeholders with an
interest in wild dog management including pastoralists, conservation groups, Aboriginal
communities, industry bodies, animal welfare organisations, government agencies, and
district-based NRM Groups.
The draft plan looks at the goals and control measures for three zones:
inside the Dog
Fence (Zone 1),
a 35 kilometre buffer immediately outside the Dog Fence (Zone 2), and
outside the Dog Fence (Zone 3).
It addresses control measures including ground baiting, aerial baiting, trapping and
shooting, as well as issues of compliance, communication, monitoring and evaluation of
control measures and public safety.
The draft plan also takes into account existing state and national policy including the
National Wild Dog Action Plan and Biosecurity SA’s draft State five-year Strategic Plan
developed by the SA Wild Dog Advisory Group.
Attendees to the workshops are asked to read the draft plan and note their comments
and questions beforehand.
The workshops will include refreshments and are being held at the following locations:
• Marree Wednesday 30 July, 11am-12.30pm and 2.15-3.45pm
• Cameron Corner Friday 1 August, 2.00-3.30pm
• Yunta Thursday 14 August, 2.15-3.15pm
• Coober Pedy Thursday 21 August,1.00-3.30pm
• Iron Knob Friday 22 August, 2.00-3.30pm
• Leigh Creek Wednesday 27 August, 3.30-5.00pm
• Kingoonya Tuesday 2 September, 1.00-2.30pm
Additional information, copies of the draft Plan and RSVPs can be obtained by contacting
the NRM Officers at the Natural Resources Centre in Port Augusta 8648 5300.
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