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Community invited to wild dog control meeting

North Coast Local Land Services invites all interested landholders in the Lower Macleay to attend a meeting to discuss the coordination of wild dog control programs in the Lower Macleay area.

The meeting will be held at Gladstone Community Hall on Thursday 23 March and will commence at 7.00 pm.

Wild dog control in New South Wales is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013 that requires owners and occupiers of land to eradicate, continuously suppress or destroy wild dogs on their property.

Wild dogs are considered a serious pest in Australia attacking livestock and native animals, potentially spreading diseases and threatening human health, safety and wellbeing.  Wild dog attacks on livestock and pets, lethal or otherwise, also cause emotional distress to landholders.

Michael Thorman, Biosecurity Officer said “We work collaboratively with local landholders and it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to learn how to manage the problem and also to provide input into options and strategies for local wild dog management and control.

“Wild dog control is more effective when neighbours collaborate on baiting, trapping and shooting programs and we’ll discuss ways to coordinate efforts with others.

“When neighbours agree to coordinate their activity, we can work with those local landholder groups to develop Local Wild Dog Management Plans, ensuring control is more effective,” Michael concluded.

The guest speaker for this meeting will be Greg Mifsud, National Wild Dog Facilitator.

Greg said, “Experience through the National Wild Dog Action Plan has shown that community input and effort is vital in achieving effective wild dog management programs.

“This is a great opportunity for the landholders in the Lower Macleay area to get together and commence planning for this year’s coordinated baiting programs so come along and see how you can work with your neighbours, public land managers and North Coast Local Land Services to manage the wild dog problem in your local area.”

For more information and to register your attendance, contact North Coast Local Land Services 6563 6700.

Media contact:

Michael Thorman, Biosecurity Officer, Phone 0429 449 375

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Controlling wild dogs will be on the agenda at the 23 March community meeting.