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Rolling out new programs and initiatives in the fight against wild dogs 

The Professional Wild Dog Controller program 

The Professional Wild Dog Controller (PWDC) program enables landholders to access professional wild dog controllers to support the control of wild dogs on their property.

The program also targets known hot spots to reduce the impact of problem wild dogs on the land, livestock and livelihood of landholders in the region. PWDCs use best practice techniques or ‘tools in the toolbox’ to control problem wild dogs.
 
Who is eligible and what is the cost?

Every landholder in the Western LLS region can access the PWDCs with a subsidy offered to landholders who are actively controlling wild dogs as financial members of pest management groups.

Where possible, all Western LLS pest control strategies are designed to support a robust and healthy ‘group model’ and this is an important feature of the PWDC program and as such, a significant subsidy is available for group members:
  • Group member: $25/hr rate and $0.25/km rate on property
  • Non-group member: $50/hr rate and $0.25/km rate on property
  • Western LLS: $50/ hr rate between jobs and $0.25/km between properties.
To get involved in this program contact Administration Officer, Ruth Stevens in the Cobar office on
(02) 6836 1575 or via
email. For further information on the program click here

The 'Western Tracks' collaring project 

The 'Western Tracks' collaring project will be undertaken in the floodplain and associated country of the Paroo, Cuttaburra, Warrego and Darling river systems and aims to improve the management of wild dogs and feral pigs in the Western LLS region.

In this project, wild dogs and feral pigs will be trapped, fitted with a GPS tracking collar and released from where they are trapped. 
 
What will the data provide information on?
  • the movements and interactions of feral pigs and wild dogs in the landscape
  • how feral pigs and wild dogs use the landscape at different times of the year
  • efficiency of routine control programs. 
Western LLS and the NSW Department of Primary Industries Vertebrate Pest Research Unit are working with landholders in the project zone (via the chairs of the pest management groups) to coordinate the program which involves the trapping and collaring of 30 feral pigs and 30 wild dogs. 

For further information, contact the Western LLS Research Officer or one of the Biosecurity Officers in Broken Hill on (08) 8087 3378 or via
email. Further information can also be found by clicking here

Seasonal predator programs — looking at the year ahead 

Western LLS works with stakeholders, landholders and the community to coordinate two seasonal predator programs which involve hundreds of landholders who are members of various pest management groups and Landcare groups across the region. This year, there will be at least 17 groups in action. 

In 2020, Western LLS will continue to subsidise the seasonal baiting program for participants that are members of incorporated groups baiting in conjunction with other groups. Ground baits are available from Western LLS for $0.50/bait while aerial baits are offered at a cost of $1.00/bait. For groups procuring their own meat for baits, Western LLS will reimburse 50 per cent based on the provision of invoices.

This is a significant subsidy and is offered as an incentive for landholders to join groups and participate in seasonal baiting.

Landholders are reminded the aerial baiting consent forms need to be completed and returned to Western LLS by 26 January. 


I'm not in a group, how do I get involved? 


Landholders that are not currently participating in the predator programs are encouraged to join their local pest management group or Landcare group so they can participate in the coordinated programs. 

Contact your local
Biosecurity Officer or Local Landcare Coordinator to be put in touch with your local group. If there isn’t a local group for you to join, your Biosecurity Officer or Local Landcare Coordinator can assist in establishing one in your area.

White spaces — filling in the gaps 

The name ‘white spaces’ comes from the areas on the map with a pest problem and not identified as participating as a part of a group (usually coloured for identification).

Under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, all landholders have a General Biosecurity Duty to control pest animals on their property. 

The Act states: Any person who deals with biosecurity matter or a carrier and who knows, or ought to reasonably know, the biosecurity risk posed or likely to be posed by the biosecurity matter, carrier or dealing has a biosecurity duty to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the biosecurity risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised.

The expectation for what is reasonably practicable in regards to pest animal management is articulated broadly through the Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Plan (2018-2023), and more specifically through group scale pest animal plans. 

Western LLS are undertaking targetted mapping and engagement with groups to identify white spaces and to get local knowledge on the best strategies to encourage participation, and to identify hot spots on a group scale.

An overview of this process will be provided at the trapping and collaring workshops in February (see below). 

For information contact Western LLS Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, Phil Baird on 0417 776 218 or via email.

NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension Project — opportunities to get involved 

Landholders, contractors and community members have the opportunity to register their interest in being involved in the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project when the tender for materials opens.

The fence extension project, a commitment of the NSW Government who is paying for all associated costs of the project, will be a game-changer for landholders and the wider community across NSW.

Business owners, landholders and community members who can source and supply fencing and associated materials such as plant equipment, or can contract workers or their own time to be involved in the construction of the fence, are encouraged to participate in the tender process.

Interested parties that wish to be notified when the tender opens should contact Project Support Officer, Alydia Goolagong on (02) 5852 1215 or via email


Project overview

The NSW Government has committed to extending the dog fence by 742 km. The commitment comes following a feasibility study that was commissioned by the Border Fence Maintenance Board and funded by LLS.

The study determined there would be considerable benefits to be had by extending the fence by 420 km in the east adjacent to Mungindi and 322 km in the south to just short of the Murray River. The fence is currently approximately 583 km. 

The NSW Government’s $37.5 million investment will increase productivity for landholders, help protect the environment and give an extra level of defence against biosecurity threats coming in over the border. Contact Project Manager, Dan Owens if you have any questions about the project on 0408 250 319 or via email.

Pest animal workshops confirmed for February, expos locked in for June

Pest animal workshops in February will provide landholders a great opportunity to meet with a number of the PWDC, as well as hear about the progress of the Western Tracks collaring project, get an update on the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension and give landholders the opportunity to provide some strategic direction to the PWDC program by identifying wild dog activity 'hot spots' and assisting Western LLS with the white spaces project. 

Workshop details
  • Monday, 10 February — Tilpa Community Hall (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)
  • Monday, 10 February — Shindy’s Inn Louth (3 pm - 6 pm)
  • Wednesday, 12 February — Diggers on the Darling, Bourke (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, 12 February — Warrego Hotel, Fords Bridge (3 pm – 6 pm)
  • Thursday, 13 February — Wanaaring Hall (10:30 am – 1:30 pm)
  • Friday, 14 February — White Cliffs Sporting Club (9:30 am – 12:30 pm).
The workshops will also outline what is expected in the pest animal space from private and public landholders, and the community, in regards to General Biosecurity Duty under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.

RSVP for catering purposes by 6 February to Ruth Stevens on (02) 6836 1575 or via
email and for further information on the workshops contact Phil Baird on 0417 776 218 or email.


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Western LLS will be delivering three pest animal expos that will see experts present on a range of topics that will be of interest to landholders and community members. 

Along with presentations, the expos will provide an opportunity for relevant specialists and suppliers to have a trade stand to promote their services and products. Some of the topics that will be covered include: 
  • an update on the progress of the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project
  • wild dog trap preparation and placement
  • the latest research and findings in collaring of pest animals
  • rabbit control and research into feral cats.
Expo details 
  • Wednesday, 10 June — Homebush (via Balranald)
  • Friday, 12 June — Broken Hill
  • Sunday, 14 June — Bourke 
If you're an agency, business or group that would be interested to promote your work, research and products relating to pest animals to landholders contact Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke on 0429 981 331 or via email

More information regarding the expos will be provided in the coming months, please save these dates and share with your networks. 

Contact us

For further information on these projects and programs, or pest animal management more broadly, contact a Western LLS Biosecurity Officer: 
  • Lee Mannix (Balranald) — 0429 614 953 or email
  • Jess Payton (Bourke — 0448 524 781 or email
  • Matthew Bertalli (Brewarrina) — 0429 392 047 or email
  • Grant Davis (Broken Hill) — 0400 873 378 or email
  • Brooke Anderson (Broken Hill and Tibooburra) — 0436 475 814 or email
  • Kagen Pearce (Broken Hill) — 0438 382 868 or email
  • Robynne Wells-Budd (Cobar) — 0439 596 614 or email
  • Lynda Holley (Wentworth) — 0427 200 820 or email
  • Tim Wall (Wilcannia) — 0428 915 070 or email
Please save these contact details in your phone. Thanks for taking the time to read this important update.

A number of the above projects are made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s ‘Communities Combatting Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought’ program. 
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