The Australian Government is investing a further $214,500 to continue its support for the implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan 2020-2030, through Australian Wool Innovation.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the government’s latest investment takes its support for the plan to $2.4 million since 2013-14.
“Wild dogs are a huge issue across rural Australia, costing our agricultural sector up to $89 million each year through livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs.” Minister Littleproud said.
“The impact of wild dogs is devastating, with farmers and rural communities suffering emotional and financial stress because of wild dog attacks on stock.
“Since 2014, the Australian Government has invested over $60 million to support wild dog management, assisting state and territory governments and land managers to control wild dogs and reduce their impacts on agriculture and the environment.
“This extra funding will help support the ongoing delivery of the plan, an invaluable, evidence-based strategy that provides the blueprint for best practice, humane wild dog management Australia wide.
“This invaluable work is led by the national wild dog management coordinator, Mr Greg Mifsud with strong support from industry.
“This work guides future national action plans for feral pigs, deer and other pest species.
“It will ensure that we continue to have a clear, coordinated approach to guide farmers, land managers and other stakeholders on the best strategies and most effective control tools to protect our livestock and biodiversity from feral animal pests.”