Reducing the impact of wild dogs on private land is of paramount importance, which is why the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is holding a number of workshops for community members to find out how to control wild dogs locally.

DELWP is also partnering with Gallagher Australia Pty Ltd, a rural fencing company, to run 14 Wild Dog Management Zone (WDMZ) community workshops and 6 drop-in sessions across Gippsland and north east Victoria commencing on Monday, 10 March.

Gallagher will be providing information and advice on suitable fencing options for the management of wild dogs and other invasive pest animals in fire affected areas of East Gippsland.

DELWP Manager for State-wide Invasive Species Program Peter Austin said: “We know there will have been significant impact on ground-baiting, trapping and fencing in some areas due to the recent bushfires.

“The workshops and drop-in sessions are an opportunity for the community to inform us of any problems that are occurring and also have input into the way wild dogs are controlled locally. There will also be a focus on wild dog activity and management during the past year and what is being planned for 2020/21.

“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.

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

Local landowners who are interested can also come to find out more about joining an existing Community Wild Dog Control Group that links up with others in their area and increase the effectiveness of their own wild dog control.

The wild dog workshops include a formal presentation and although the drop-in sessions will not have a formal presentation, it is a chance for people to chat one-on-one with members of the local wild dog team.

For further information about the workshops in the north east contact John Turnbull at the Wodonga Office on 0438 345 326 and in Gippsland Vaughn Kingston at the Bairnsdale office on 0427 554 219.

WDMZ Community Workshop and Drop-in Schedule 2020

North East Victoria

WDMZ

Date

Venue

Time

Burroweye, Granya, Corryong, Tallamgatta

Tuesday,
17 March

Shelley Forest Camp, 33 Avondale Road, Koetong

10am to 12.30pm

Mansfield

Wednesday,
18 March

Merrijig Hall, 1 Alpha St, Merrijig

7.45am to 10.30am

Whitfield

Wednesday,
18 March

Cheshunt Hall, 454 King Valley Road, Cheshunt

12.30pm to 2.30pm

Ovens

Thursday,
19 March

Mudgegonga Hall, 1395 Myrtleford – Yackandandah Road, Mudgegonga

10am to 12pm

Alexandra

Tuesday,
24 March

Taggerty Hall, 5 Taggerty Road, Taggerty

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

Mitta Mitta, Sandy Creek

Wednesday,
25 March

DELWP Mitta Valley Office/Depot, 3645 Omeo Highway, Eskdale

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

Gippsland

WDMZ

Date

Venue

Time

Bendoc

Tuesday,
10 March

Corner of Gulf Rd and Mt Delegate Road, Bendoc

10am to 1pm

(9.45am registration)

Gembrook, Noojee, Erica

Wednesday,
11 March

Tyers Hall, Moe-Glengarry Road, Tyers

10.30am to 12.30pm

Cann River

Thursday,
12 March

758 West Cann Road, Noorinbee

10am to 12pm

(9.45am registration)

Orbost

Friday,
13 March

Murray Goulburn Store, 10 B Road, Orbost

10am to 12pm

(9.45am registration)

Tostaree

Tuesday,
17 March

2847 Princes Highway, Tostaree

10am to 12pm

(9.45am registration)

Bairnsdale

Tuesday,
17 March

Glenaladale Hall, Glenaladale

10am to 1pm

Omeo, Benambra

Thursday,
19 March

Benambra Rec Reserve, Tip Road, Benambra

10am to 12pm

(9.45am registration)

Swifts Creek, Ensay

Thursday,
19 March

‘Kangara’, 4535 Great Alpine Road, Ensay

6pm to 9pm

Buchan

Friday,
20 March

‘The Shortcut’, 72 Old Buchan Road, Buchan

10am to 1pm

(9.45am registration)

Gelantipy

Tuesday,
24 March

32 Giles Road, Butchers Ridge, Gelantipy

10am to 1pm

(9.45am registration)

Orbost

Thursday,
26 March

DELWP Orbost Office, 171 Nicholson Street, Orbost

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

Dargo

Tuesday,
31 March

DELWP Dargo Depot, 13 Lind Avenue, Dargo

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

Swifts Creek

Wednesday.
1 April

DELWP Swifts Creek Office, 13 McMillan Avenue, Swifts Creek

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

Gembrook, Noojee, Erica

Thursday,
2 April

Parks Victoria Office Symes Road, Woori-Yallock

(Drop-in session)

10am to 12pm

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