Reducing the impacts of wild dogs locally

A number of workshops are being held to give members of the community the opportunity to reduce the impact of wild dogs on private land.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is hosting 15 Wild Dog Management Zone (WDMZ) community workshops across Gippsland and north east Victoria commencing on 26 February.

DELWP Manager for Statewide Invasive Species Program Peter Austin said: “The workshops are an opportunity for the community to have input into the way dogs are controlled locally.

“Reducing the impact of wild dogs can be achieved by all land managers working together using a combination of trapping, baiting, shooting, exclusion fencing and good animal husbandry.

“The sessions will focus on local Wild Dog Controllers and what activity they have caught on their trail-cameras, as well as sharing their knowledge about current management techniques for wild dog control.

“The workshops will also involve discussions on what has worked well and what needs improving in our Wild Dog Management Zone Work Plans as new plans are developed for the coming year.

“We are looking forward to meeting community members in the coming weeks,” Mr Austin said.

Farmers who are interested can also come along to a workshop to find out more about joining an existing Community Wild Dog Control Group to link up with others in their area and increase the effectiveness of their own wild dog control.

For further information about workshops in the north east contact Tim Enshaw at the Wodonga Office on (02) 6043 7900 and in Gippsland contact Vaughn Kingston at the Bairnsdale office on (03) 5152 0400.

North East Victoria

WDMZ Date Venue Time
Alexandra Tuesday
26 February
Marysville Community Centre
15 Falls Road
Marysville
10.00am – 12.00pm
Morning tea
Ovens Wednesday
27 February
DELWP Office
5338 Great Alpine Road
Ovens
10.00am – 12.00pm
Morning tea
Mitta Mitta & Sandy Creek Thursday
28 February
Eskdale Football Ground
Eskdale
8.30am – 11.00am
BBQ breakfast
Mansfield Tuesday
5 March
Merrijig Hall
1 Alpha St
Merrijig
8.00am – 11.00am
BBQ breakfast
Whitfield Tuesday
5 March
Cheshunt Hall
454 King Valley Rd,
Cheshunt
12.30pm – 2.30pm
Catered lunch
Burrowye-Walwa-Granya, Corryong & Tallangatta Wednesday
6 March
Shelley Forest Camp
33 Avondale Rd
Koetong
10.00am – 1.00pm
Lunch

Gippsland

WDMZ Date Venue Time
Gembrook, Noojee, Erica Tuesday
26 February
Neerim Junction Hall
2957 Main Neerim Rd
Neerim Junction
10.30am – 12.30pm
Afternoon tea
Bairnsdale, Glenaladale Wednesday
27 February
Glenaladale Hall
Glenaladale
10.00am – 1.00pm
BBQ lunch
Orbost, Cann River Thursday
28 February
Cann River Hall
Tamboon Rd
Cann River
10.00am – 1.00pm
BBQ lunch
Dargo Monday
4 March
DELWP Office
146 Lind Ave
Dargo
10.00am – 12:00pm
Morning tea
Licola, Heyfield, Maffra Tuesday
5 March
DELWP Office        
Corner Licola and Firebrace Roads
Heyfield
10.00am – 1.00pm
BBQ lunch
Omeo, Benambra Wednesday
6 March
Benambra Rec Reserve
Tip Rd
Benambra
10.00am – 1.00pm
BBQ lunch
Swifts Creek, Ensay Wednesday
6 March
337 Baldhills Rd
Swifts Creek
6.00pm – 9:00pm BBQ dinner
Buchan, Gelantipy Thursday
7 March
Karoonda Park
3855 Gelantipy Rd
Gelantipy
10.00am – 1:00pm
BBQ lunch
Bonang, Bendoc, Tubbut, Deddick Friday
8 March
Delegate River CFA Shed  
Bonang Highway
Delegate River
10.00am – 1.00pm
BBQ lunch

Paula Hopson
Media and Communications Advisor| Community and Partnerships Program
Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
71 Hotham Street, Traralgon
M: 0436 402370 | P: 03 5172 2144 | E: paula.hopson@delwp.vic.gov.au

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