by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 Community Wild Dog Control Initiative • The total number of current and past groups supported is 160, comprising 43 current groups and 117 past groups. The current 43 supported groups comprise: o Qld – 10 (including 6 with “Cluster Clean-Out” assistance) o NSW–16 o Vic–13 o SA – 1 application (covering 23 groups) o WA – 3 Recognised Biosecurity Groups – which are very large scale covering multiple shires. • The current average financial support per group is $32,715. The long-term average per group is $23,436. Groups are getting bigger with increasing coverage and scale. • An Exclusion Fence Construction Unit that can fence 5km per day has been made available, on a pilot basis, to woolgrowers in the Central West of Queensland at a minimal rate thanks to a grant from AWI to Longreach Regional Council. The unit includes a prime mover (loader), hydraulic driver, and high capacity wire spinner. It has been booked for up to 6 months in advance. • The focus of the Community Wild Dog Control Initiative remains on: o assisting group(s) to establish control of their situation o establishing activities and infrastructure which facilitate on-going long-term wild dog control o ‘weaning’ groups from dependence on AWI funding for on-going wild dog control. Wild dog control coordination and facilitation • Western Australia: The new Wild Dog Coordinator in WA, a position that commenced in February 2016, has made significant contributions to the finalisation of new Recognised Biosecurity Groups and the commencement of the formation of new groups where none previously existed. A remote camera photo of wild dogs on private property around Wongwibinda on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. These wild dogs were subsequently trapped by a NPWS-funded professional wild dog controller. With the assistance of the AWI-funded wild dog facilitator, producers in the area are collaborating effectively with private and public land managers and stakeholders. PHOTO: NPWS Woolgrower Chris Box from Carboor in north-east Victoria using one of several traps purchased by his community wild dog group with funding through AWI’s Community Wild Dog Control Initiative. The WA Wild Dog Coordinator has also made a strong contribution to the establishment of a ‘discovery’ project which will define the eastern and southern spread of wild dogs in and from the Northern Agricultural region. The WA Wild Dog Coordinator is coordinating this project; AWI is providing funding for direct cash expenses associated with the removal of any dogs located, and the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (formerly DAFWA) will provide technical expertise, analysis and mapping services. • Victoria: The Victorian state government, through the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), have again partnered with AWI for a further three years to provide two Wild Dog Coordinator positions: one east of the range in Gippsland, which is job shared between two people to enhance coverage; and the second in the North East based in Wodonga servicing the western side of the Great Dividing Range. The Victorian situation is the most ‘stable’ of all the states. Predation has not been totally eliminated, but is controlled to the degree that when an incident occurs, there is a pre-planned and timely response. This capacity for producers and Wild Dog Controllers (DELWP employees) to work together to control predation is to the extent that most producers, most of the time, now feel that they are now (back) in charge of their sheep production destiny. This situation was reached very largely through the efforts of the AWI-funded Victorian Wild Dog Coordinators, and they remain a key force in maintaining this stability. • NE NSW: In NE NSW, the AWI-funded Wild Dog Facilitator has made remarkable gains in the 21⁄2 years to date of the current project. Total aerial bait lines now exceed 4,000km – more than twice the distance covered 18 months ago. Some National 26 REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – SHEEP PRODUCTION
AWI Annual Report 2015-16