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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 • 28 new community wild dog control groups were established. Demand was steady across much of the year, with usual swings in demand associated with PR activity. Promotion of the approaching ‘3 year limit’ for groups prompted an immediate response in inquiry from groups seeking a ‘hand to get over the line’ to longer term sustainability. • At 30 June 2016, there were 43 currently active community wild dog control groups, with three requests for assistance under consideration. The first request from a ‘cell’ or ‘cluster’ group has been financed and completed, and its final report received. This group continues to have issues with residual dogs and the population of dogs in a cluster continues to surprise cluster members. Producer meetings in central western Queensland have resulted in the first of an expected run of ‘cluster clean-out’ applications. • Issues with planning, coordination and reporting remain; but management response is now standard operating procedure. Of particular note is the prevalence of Landcare-based groups (>75%) in default of milestone obligations at the end of their contracts. • Following the adoption of the ‘3 year limit’ to AWI support for groups in 2014-15, management continues to monitor the length of support for individual groups. End of year support is an average of $19,160 per group. Two groups in Victoria were successful in providing evidence that ‘severance support’ for an additional 1–2 years would enable them to become self-sufficient. • AWI continues to fund ‘wild dog coordinators’ to facilitate collaboration between landholders (in new or existing wild dog management groups) and with other key stakeholders, locally and across shires. They also help coordinate on-ground wild dog control activities. Coordinators funded by AWI during 2015/16 are: NSW (western division): Bruce Duncan; NSW (north-east): Dave Worsely; Queensland: Brett Carlsson; Victoria (Gippsland): Brian Dowley and David Krajca; Victoria (north- east): Tim Enshaw; WA (Northern Ag regions): Meja Aldrich (commenced February 2016); National Wild Dog Facilitator: Greg Mifsud. Coordination and cooperation are crucial to effective wild dog control. Pictured here is the Flinders Shire Wild Dog Management Committee planning control efforts at a workshop facilitated by AWI’s Queensland wild dog coordinator Brett Carlsson (second left). • In south-east NSW, Local Land Services (SE LLS) has seen the value provided by wild dog coordinators and created a SE Wild Dog Coordinator position based in Cooma and Bega. This position almost provides coverage for the wild dog affected area in south-east NSW and AWI has negotiated agreement with SE LLS to provide funding to extend the coordinator’s role to the eastern ends of Murray and Riverina LLS. Informal coordination with the Victorian-based Gippsland and north-east Vic coordinators is already occurring, and this extension will complete coordinated coverage of ‘south-east Australia’ – north of Melbourne: south of Goulburn and east of the Hume Freeway. • In South Australia, two short term wild dog coordinator positions are/were established using Federal drought funding. One of these positions has now completed their contract and AWI management is reviewing a request for a permanent South Australia wild dog coordinator position. • AWI management has worked to facilitate the development of a strong network amongst wild dog coordinators/facilitators by bringing them together to share their experiences and for technical updates from both researchers and field workers, including doggers. AWI provided support for coordinators to attend a week-long course in Community Engagement at the Muresk Institute at Northam in Western Australia in May 2016. Evidence is already emerging that this training is providing benefits in the day-to-day activities of coordinators. • AWI has played an important role in supporting groups with funds for doggers, training and other support. The flexible nature of AWI funding continues to be commended by woolgrowers. AWI funding provides for the most important activity as determined by the group (within AWI criteria) rather than the prescriptive use of funds. • AWI management continues to seek new and effective ways to provide significant and effective assistance to woolgrowers suffering wild dog predation. AWI is investing in the development of an early warning ‘Wild Dog Alert’ system. Pictured is a wild dog caught on camera and being analysed with facial recognition technology. The green markers are used the extract biometric information. PHOTO: IACRC. REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D 13
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