Wild dog coordinator appointed for Western NSW

NSW Farmers Association, in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), NSW Department of Primary Industries and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA), has appointed a wild dog coordinator for Western NSW.

CEO of NSW Farmers Association Matt Brand said the coordinator would enhance wild dog programs which were already in place and establish new groups to reduce livestock predation by wild dogs.

“The aim is to have local producers and agencies working together to achieve strong and efficient management groups into the future,” Mr Brand said.

Bruce Duncan has been involved in the agricultural industry in the UK and with GOTAFE Victoria and has 6 years experience in facilitation. He will be based at the LHPA offices in Dubbo and work with stakeholders to achieve sustained on the ground control of wild dogs.

Mr Brand said: “Our association is in the business of identifying solutions for farmers. Coordination is particularly important when dealing with wild dog issues in Western NSW where distances to travel are greater and there are a larger number of absentee landowners”.

“The role of coordinator will be challenging but Mr Duncan will be well supported by an expert advisory committee and NSW Farmers staff. He also has a great affiliation with the Western Division and understands the issues stakeholders have in dealing with wild dogs and livestock predation,” Mr Brand concluded.

The project will run for three years and aims to assist woolgrowers, livestock producers and key stakeholders to implement a nil tenure approach to reduce the impact of livestock predation by wild dogs in western NSW.

Mr Duncan said: "I look forward to working with landholders and stakeholders to develop the networks and structures to help reduce the devastating effects of wild dog predation."

He will attend the Wild Dog Destruction Board meeting in Broken Hill on 5-6 November. He can be contacted on duncanb@nswfarmers.org.au.

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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