Recognised Biosecurity Groups | Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Recognised Biosecurity Groups | Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Foxes are probably one of their major s being livestock I definitely do have an impact on their and their lambing even use getting down to lamb or others often make them so they’re no good anymore we choose to shoot to control them we’ve got too many good dogs to muck around with baits they’re a bit more dangerous we still lose probably 40% of the lands with no actual visual sightings of dead lambs on the ground so Vassili and token shooting of any animal isn’t the greatest thing but it’s just got to be done we’re getting less boxes next time we go shooting so it is going to be reducing the numbers but time will tell group effort is definitely the way to go because obviously you’re covering a lot bigger area at one get it certainly having an impact this year we’ve got 415 in the port book shy but on our place alone we and you’ve got 19 compared to 48 the year before so we thought that was quite good that we reduced our numbers blaka biosecurity Inc is a relatively new biosecurity group we were formed in 2015 and out of a public meeting of concerned landowners and other stakeholders we are a nonprofit organization managed by a great group of about 12 volunteers all with a combined a very large knowledge of natural resource management issues and biosecurity issues within the region as an RBG we don’t do work for people but we are there to give them advice as a conduit between informations and science the latest research and development the Department of Agriculture so education and support now wrong – is to encourage people to take an integrated approach to all pest management there’s not one silver bullet cure for any of the pest species it’s a matter of a hard slog you don’t just do one thing for them you need to do a combination a cocktail of activities so in the past there was a statutory process in place which had the agricultural protection board established and now we’re working with individual communities who recognize some of the declared pests that are in their areas there’s real issues for them and for industry members so we’re working with them to establish to set their priorities and then to work towards becoming recognized by the minister Javad supports the recognized biosecurity group by being available to help them with any of their issues around governance around group work and brokering information on best practice management we also work across the halls of southwest of W a where we’ve started to help any groups and communities that want to become recognized so if a group is recognized that means that they have legitimacy with their community and they’re able to then work on particular declared pest species that they in their community of chosen as the priority one of the things about establishing a biosecurity group it gives community greater input in what they want done in their area so in the past the department’s done whatever we’ve had the resources for and what we saw as priorities but this throws it back to the community and say will you let us know what your priorities I will support you with a priority I’ve got local knowledge they know what’s impacting their area the most both are in the best place to make those decisions about what they want to see happen in the area for the eastern wheatbelt group wild dogs is very much an issue our role is to help them through the process guide them through the declared test rates and how that goes through and just basically ensure that they have the support that they need to work in the community and also information to be able to manage the pest lease and we’ve got biosecurity group’s been in operation for about 15 years or the majority of this and we both were from late grace up to shy of Mount Marshall and then all along southeastern side towards the state very offense decent robust Korea group was established as there was a wild dog problem they were losing approximately 2,000 heads of sheep to wild dogs over the years they’ve reduced that down to about 50 head of sheep per year by contracting to flight and v management technicians and 2014 the groups became recognized by the minister and from that the group could consult with me so to implement a declared pest rate last year the rate was put forward and each of the land holders within the prescribed area of this and we rely secured group received as the K declared pest right notice and then they funded the group from that that’s probably one of the key strengths of recognized by security groups it’s community driven local people making local decisions and it’s the opportunity to create a declared pest rate and then have matching funds from the government the funding that the the groups end up with through the declared pest rate can be used for a whole range of things such as community engagement around pest management focus on some of the pests themselves such as wild wild dogs in areas in the southwest they’ve got a strong focus on cotton Bush and so they use that to engage and coordinate the community and to make people aware of the effects of cotton Bush and what the landholders responsibilities are none Garrincha is a member of the s & wheatbelt biosecurity group there is actually quite a few other Shores involved in it as well and we’ve found though we occasionally have a dog problem here it’s quite rare the reason for that is that most of their problems are stopped before they get here by the the fact that the eastern we built by security group hazard dog or has two daughters working along the fence they maintain the fence and they bait and shoot and trap dogs along a fence and that basically stops them getting this far and becoming our problem previously we’re getting a 100 150 WH dog now they’ve dropped off down to between 26 25 trap the main idea is to patrol the fence create a build free barrier which at this stage is we’re still working on it’s a work in progress the fact that the cost is able to be spread across the entire community really makes it a much more viable option than if just those land holders feel who are on the the data cost since we’ve been working in this space over the last five years or so so there’s been a number of successes that we looking at there are a number of groups that have been recognized by the minister rate is being established in some of those areas but more importantly the management of the pests has really made inroads into their impact and that can be attributed to the establishment of biosecurity groups within the area who are really active in working across the landscape and working with community members controlling pests the necessary science part of farming definitely good having a local group because they dealing with the problems that relevant to our area I think it’s very responsibility in this generation to manage the pests and oh my father has before me and his father so my up to the next generations to keep the pests under control you

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