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Applications Open For New Wild Dog Committee

01 December 2016

Farmers, landholders and experts in species management are being encouraged to apply for the new Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee, with Expressions of Interest for membership opening today.

The Committee will provide advice to the Andrews Labor Government on the strategic management of wild dogs across Victoria.

Wild dogs create a significant challenge for land managers and are estimated to cost Victoria’s livestock industry up to $18 million per year.

The new committee is being established following an independent evaluation of Victoria’s wild dog management program, which highlighted the need for landowners and managers to continue to work in partnership.

It will provide strategic direction in the roll-out of the Action Plan for Managing Wild Dogs in Victoria 2014 – 2019, which sets out how best-practice, effective and efficient wild dog management is delivered.

The new committee will be chaired by Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and will have up to six additional members, representing a cross-section of stakeholders.

Required credentials includes those with skills and experience in managing wild dogs, wild dog research, catchment management and threatened species management.

Expressions of interest for membership of the committee are now being sought through the Get on Board website at www.getonboard.vic.gov.auandExternal Link the Victorian Women’s Register at www.womensregister.vic.gov.auExternal Link . Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Expressions of interest close on 18 January 2017. More information on the Wild Dog Management Program is available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/wilddogsExternal Link .

Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“We're putting farmers and community input at the centre of wild dog management across Victoria."

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Community input, knowledge and engagement is crucial in tackling wild dog populations and reducing the damage they cause. I'm looking forward to working proactively with the Committee members, farmers and stakeholder groups to continue the good work being delivered in wild dog management across the state.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We know that those on the land are the best informed to tell us how to manage wild dogs, and we call on them to apply.”

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