New 1080 Wild Dog Management Program To Assist Pastoral Industry

New 1080 Wild Dog Management Program To Assist Pastoral Industry

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe

NT Government Cuts Pastoral Industry Shackles

Victor P Taffa

The Country Liberals Government is empowering the Territory pastoral industry, with a new 1080 Wild Dog Management Program set to reduce red tape and regulation.

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe said it follows a review of the current system after concerns were raised directly with him by industry.

“The Northern Territory Government heard the concerns of pastoralists and acted quickly to give industry more flexibility and autonomy in the management of wild dogs.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.

 

 

“I appointed a panel made up of industry and regulators to undertake the review; their recommendations have been considered across Government and I am pleased to say they will be adopted, ensuring pastoralists have the powers they need to get on with the successful management of their properties.”

“It is estimated wild dog attacks on livestock result in a loss to cattle production in the Northern Territory of up to $60 Million per year which is an enormous burden on industry; the government is committed to doing everything it can to assist by streamlining regulation and reducing the administrative burden on pastoralists.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.

Key components of the new 1080 Wild Dog Management Program include:

  • Five year baiting permits from 2016, replacing the annual permit system
  • Simplified training and accreditation processes, including more flexible onsite training options for those involved in laying baits
  • Transport and collection of concentrate will be made more flexible, allowing delivery by freight companies
  • Giving pastoralists more flexibility to coordinate targeted baiting programs with their neighbours
  • Industry to develop a Code of Practice within 12 months, giving it the autonomy to drive best practice method

Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association Chief Executive Tracey Hayes welcomed the announcement.

“These improvements make good sense, allowing landowners greater capacity to get on with protecting their animals, livelihoods and the environment from the scourge of wild dogs. Wild dogs do not discriminate, killing, maiming and torturing calves, mature cattle and wildlife. We believe these changes will go a long way to rebalance a system that has been out of control.” Ms. Hayes said.

“We encourage government to work towards an integrated management program across all land tenure.” Ms. Hayes said.

The Northern Territory Government will work closely over the next 2 years with industry, traditional landholders and other stakeholder groups to monitor wild dog impacts and the success of the new 1080 Wild Dog Management Program at reducing those impacts.