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Wild dogs targeted in the Kempsey Shire

With wild dogs continuing to cause significant problems for Kempsey Shire landowners and the wider community, North Coast Local Land Services has secured funding to target this declared pest. The Commonwealth Drought Support On-farm Pest Management Grant Program has provided more than $150,000 to enable a comprehensive strategy to be developed to target wild dogs in the Kempsey Shire Local Government Area.

Kent Lee, Chairman of the North Coast Local Land Services Board, said that wild dogs are an ongoing problem for the community. "This funding will allow Local Land Services staff members to work closely with landholders using a combination of control methods and strategies.  Aerial baiting, coordinated ground baiting programs and targeted trapping programs will feature in the initial stages of the program."

North Coast Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officers will work with new and existing individuals and landholder groups, many of whom are already involved in cooperative pest management in these areas. "The wider community benefit greatly from the efforts of those who actively and regularly partake in pest animal control and this funding will help us in continuing to support their efforts", Kent added.

Kempsey Shire landowners can become involved in the program this month.  "The funding from the Commonwealth Government has allowed us to offer landowners significant support including a free 1080 and Pindone training course, provide meat for use as baits at no cost and lend newly purchased wild dog specific equipment on a temporary basis."

Macleay landowners are invited to attend one of four public briefing meetings which will be held at 6pm in convenient locations across the Shire:-

  • Wednesday     27/8/2014        Willawarrin Hall
  • Thursday         28/8/2014        Kempsey CWA Hall (John St)
  • Tuesday          2/9/2014          Collombatti Hall
  • Wednesday     3/9/2014          Stuarts Point Hall

Kent stressed that whilst this program has been funded specifically for the Kempsey Shire, Local Land Services Biosecurity Officers are always available to provide expert advice and assistance to landowners with individual pest management issues.

Interview opportunity: Mick Thorman, Senior Biosecurity Officer, North Coast Local Land Services is available for interview about this announcement, please call 0429 449 375 (mobile) or 656 27822 (Kempsey office).

Media contact:  Mick Thorman 0429 449 375 (mobile) or 6562 7822 (Kempsey office).