An integrated assessment of the impact of wild dogs in Australia

Abstract or description: 

Wild dogs are a significant pest animal in Australia. They are widespread in Queensland, the Northern Territory and much of Western Australia and South Australia, as well as being present in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. Wild dogs are known to have a significant detrimental effect on the agricultural sector (market impacts), but they also cause non-market impacts in terms of adverse social impacts and environmental damage. These impacts are described in more detail below.


In general, wild dogs are considered pest animals because of their attacks on livestock and are subject to control. Their legal status varies across the states and territories, with the dingo regarded as a regulated native species under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversiw Conservation Act 1999. Most states and territories have a wild dog management strategy, either as a stand-alone strategy or as part of a broader vertebrate pest strategy. These strategies are based on both the individual state legislation and a national approach, aligning to the Australian Pest Animal Strategy over time.

Management of wild dogs is mostly conducted by landholders, who bear the cost of production losses from wild dog attacks. In some areas wild dog control is undertaken by the relevant state government or is financially supported by local government Improved wild dog management is a challenge because of the nature of the problem. It requires coordinated action by all landholders. No individual landholder can capture the full benefits of wild dog control if their neighbours are not taking similar action. The management of wild dogs is further complicated by different types of landholders with different objectives. Private landholders are generally seeking to run profitable farm businesses, while governments managing public land including national parks or state forests have other goals. Where private

landholders share boundaries with public lands the management of wild dogs can be particularly difficult, with the public land becoming a home and potential 'refuge' for wild dogs.

The challenge facing government is to implement policies and programs that support coordinated wild dog management in order to ensure the benefits of control are fully realised,

but to do this in a way that does not take over, or crowd out, the private investments that individual landholders have an incentive to make in wild dog control.

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Nebine Mungallala Wallam
NRM Topic: 
Pest General and Policy
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Pasture To Pocket Cunnamulla


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Consultation - Draft Queensland Indigenous Fishing Strategy


Draft Queensland Indigenous Fishing Strategy  Open for Comment Until 5th August

This Strategy has been developed by Fisheries Queensland with input from the Queensland Indigenous Working Group and other government agencies invovled with Indigenous communities.  It aims to achieve greater Indigenous participation in fishing businesses and greater input from Indigenous Australians in fisheries management.   A number of actions are proposed to be undertaken by Fisheries Queensland to facilitate this under the key components of:

  • Communication
  • Development
  • Recognition.


Comments are being sought on the document over a two month period and will closeFriday 5th August 2011.  Comments may be provided in writing via return email ( or post Attention Aimee Moore, Fisheries Queensland, GPO Box 46, Brisbane Q 4001. 

Thank you for your time in this matter. If you would like to discuss the Strategy in more detail, please call me on 07 3237 1531.

Kind regards

Aimee Moore
Principal Policy Officer
Fisheries Queensland
a service of theDepartment of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Level 2, 80 Ann Street, Brisbane Queensland 4000
GPO Box 46, Brisbane Queensland 4001
T:07 3237 1531  F: 07 3224 1823 

RIRDC invests $12.4m in weeds research


The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has boosted its investment in weeds research, commissioning major new projects to significantly advance Australia’s response to its on-going weeds challenge.

This follows the recent announcement by Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, of 33 research projects worth some $6.1 million and brings the total to $12.4 million being invested by the Australian Government’s National Weeds and Productivity Research Program.

The new projects will be conducted by some of Australia’s leading research institutions and government agencies.

“The research projects funded by RIRDC will advance our understanding of weeds on all parts of the continent, build knowledge on the ecology of weeds, improve understanding of management approaches at a landscape scale, identify potential treatments, and improve governance and funding to continue the challenge of reducing the impact of weeds on agricultural productivity and the environment,” RIRDC Weeds Advisory Committee Chairman John Kerin said.

“Weeds cause significant social, economic and environmental problems, costing billions of dollars in control measures and lost agricultural production.

“It is vital that Australia continues to invest in cutting edge research to ensure stakeholders including farmers and other land managers have the necessary knowledge and tools to prevent new weeds or control present weeds.”

Among the commissioned projects being funded by RIRDC is research by the University of Melbourne to develop a prototype and test whether it can use microwave energy to kill weeds in a cost-effective manner suitable for use on farms.

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries is investigating the use of biological control agents as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option to reduce the impact of 21 existing priority weeds, including eight Weeds of National Significance.

Other projects are looking into the use of hyperspectral remote sensing using unmanned aerial vehicles for enhanced detection of weeds; how to future-proof the National Post Border Weed Risk Management Protocol; how climate change will impact the risk of weed invasions in the Murray Darling Basin; and building a national weeds web portal to inform, educate, and interact with stakeholders, enhancing their capacity to prevent or control weeds.
These commissioned projects follow on from an open call for research applications. In total, the RIRDC Weeds Program is providing around $12.4 million (GST inclusive) to more than 50 projects, which will report back in May 2012.

More information on the projects being funded is available on the RIRDC website, at


Media enquiries:
Ken Moore - Senior Research Manager, National Weeds and Productivity Research Program, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
02 6271 4127
Cecile Ferguson, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
02 6271 4165


The release of the Guide to the proposed Basin Plan represents a significant step towards the historic adoption of the first Basin Plan in 2011.

Abstract or description: 

Introduction — the purpose of the Guide

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (the Authority) is preparing the Guide to the proposed Basin Plan to present proposals to the community for discussion. These proposals are about the key decisions the Authority is required to make under the Water Act 2007 (Cwlth), in particular the new limits on water that can be taken from the Basin, known as long-term average sustainable diversion limits (SDLs), which will apply to both surface water and  groundwater. The proposed Basin Plan (a legislative instrument) will be released later this year or early next year. This document sets out proposals on the main issues in the plan.
The Authority is endorsing the issuing of the overview, noting that it represents a set of proposals based on the information provided to the Authority by its staff, state and federal governments, stakeholders, consultants and others. A technical background to the Guide (volume 2) provides greater scientific detail, with 19 regional guides dealing with the specifics of each region and the proposals as they affect each region. Volume 2 and the regional  guides are being approved for release by the chief executive. The Authority is interested in the views of the community and stakeholders on the proposals in the Guide and on the quality of data and evidence used and the analysis that has been undertaken. The Authority will consider any feedback in finalising the Basin Plan.

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Board Docs ( archive)
Regional Plan
News & Events
South West NRM Catchment
Nebine Mungallala Wallam
NRM Topic: 
Waterways management documents
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Charleville Botanical Reserve Draft Management Plan

Abstract or description: 

The Charleville Botanical Reserve is an area of approximately 2200 hectares, situated
within the Murweh Shire and lying 15 kilometres south of Charleville, as shown in
Figure 1. Previously used for grazing as part of the Town Common and as a holding area
for stock awaiting transportation, it was known in later years as the ‘Stock Trucking
Reserve’. In 1963 it was leased as a ‘butcher’s paddock’ to a local butcher, for use as a
holding area for stock prior to slaughter. When this lease expired in 2003, the area was
gazetted as an Environmental Reserve under the trusteeship of the Murweh Shire
Council. Appendix 1 provides a summary of the history of the Reserve from its
declaration in 1898 to the present day.

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Regional Plan
NRM Topic: 
Conservation Planning and Policy
Local and District Planning
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Have you seen Water Lettuce in the Warrego?


We need your help to search the Warrego river and creeks for Water Lettuce!

Water Lettuce has been north of the bridge at Cunnamulla for several years; It has now gone over the weir in the recent 2010 floods and is now in the Cuttaburra and Warrego River south of Cunnamulla. We need to know how far?
We need to stop this invasive weed before it takes hold of the Warrego River!

How can you help?

Our only chance of stopping water lettuce is to work together! We need all land managers south of Cunnamulla to search every “nook and cranny” and report your finds to SWNRM. Once you have searched your waterholes and river banks, please let us know if you found any or not.

Water Lettuce flowing across the bridge at Cunnamulla March 2010


Water Lettuce flowing across the bridge at Cunnamulla


To report  your search results 


Please contact us  ( see below for details)

NSW Water lettuce search


For all residents living on the Warrego River, Cuttaburra Channel/Basin and the Paroo River

Water Lettuce has escaped the Weir Pool at Cunnamulla in abundance during the recent floods. The potential for Water Lettuce to infest the local river system is quite possible.
Water Lettuce is a Class 1 noxious weed, and must be reported to your Local Council. It must be controlled and eradicated at all times.
Should you see this weed, please contact Don Mackenzie at Bourke Shire Council 6830 8000

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Parthenium Awareness Days


Parthenium Awareness days

Please join industry specialists Peter Austin, John Chamber-lain and Dan McCudden as they outline:

How to identify Parthenium through its’ distinguishing features

  •  Impacts of the weed
  • Methods of prevention and control
  • Wash down techniques
  • Ideal weather and habitat conditions
  •  How to minimise the risk of spread


Monday 24th May “Caldervale” via Tambo
Tuesday 25th May Mungallala Hall
Wednesday 26th May Quilpie Quilpie Club
Thursday 27th May Adavale Sport and Rec centre
Friday 28th May Toompine Hall


Hosted by the Upper Bulloo Landcare Group and South West NRM Ltd. Funded by the Australian Government Community Action Grants.