An integrated assessment of the impact of wild dogs in Australia

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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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Warrego
Bulloo
Paroo
Nebine Mungallala Wallam
NRM Topic: 
Pest General and Policy
Canine
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Pasture To Pocket Cunnamulla

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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.

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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
Programmes
South West NRM Catchment
Warrego
Bulloo
Paroo
Nebine Mungallala Wallam
NRM Topic: 
Waterways management documents
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Charleville Botanical Reserve Draft Management Plan

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

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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

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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

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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

DAYS RUN FROM 9AM TO 4.00 PM WITH SMOKOS AND LUNCH PROVIDED

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.

Larbey Ladder helps protect both springs and native fauna on Carnarvon Station Reserve

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FUTURESCAPES is South West NRM’s on-ground works incentive program. Although the devolved grant incentive system is not new to stakeholders in the region, FUTURESCAPES has renewed the process, with a fresh marketing campaign attracting thirty applications in its first round.

After a highly competitive selection process, one of the outstanding successful projects was a project aimed at protecting natural ground springs in the upper reaches on the Warrego catchment, proposed by the Australian Bush Heritage Fund (ABHF). “The importance of the FUTURESCAPES program cannot be underestimated.

The fact that the pastoral community can tap into advice, support and monies for natural resource management encourages better land management practices that will eventually benefit all Australians” said Darren Larcombe, Manager of Carnarvon Station.

Carnarvon Station Reserve Project Case Study

The “Conglomerate and Mailman Spring Protection” project involved the exclusion of feral herbivores from these springs by fencing, to improve water quality and protect a threatened ecosystem.

Spring Profiles

CONGLOMERATE SPRING

Consists of a string of permanent water holes in the bed of a small ephemeral creek which drains into the Channin Creek system via Boulder Creek. In excess of 25 axe grinding grooves have been found adjacent to the rock pools. This indicates that this was most likely a significant Aboriginal occupation site.

The site has never been fenced and has been degraded significantly by the impacts of feral pigs and horses accessing water. The project proposes to exclude feral herbivores from the water source and cultural heritage areas by fencing a buffer around the spring approximately 100m x 150m with a 1.2m high horse and pig proof fence. Visitor access will be provided by a pedestrian gate.

MAILMAN SPRING

Consists of a series of seepages in the base of a drainage lined sand country.

Historically the spring was tapped to water cattle and the source was fenced. The infrastructure has long been in poor condition and the area has suffered severe erosion, compaction and loss of aquatic vegetation due to feral herbivores, particularly pigs, accessing the site.

A levee bank established in the 1980’s to divert water to a small catchment at the spring source has caused considerable erosion which is still active. Part of this proposal is remove or breach the levee prior to fencing. The proposed fence will protect the spring source and 200m of stream below with a 1.2m high horse and pig proof fence. Visitor access will be provided via a pedestrian gate.

Project Background

Carnarvon Station Reserve protects a large percentage of the headwaters of the Warrego catchment, including 36 springs of which 31 are currently known to still exist. Of these, 11 are protected by feral herbivore exclusion fencing so far. “I’m very happy with the outcomes of the project. ABHF can easily tap into volunteer support, however things can get a little tight when looking at larger capital expenditure projects such as the Conglomerate & Mailman Springs Fencing Project. The financial support for the purchase of water monitoring equipment and fencing materials was greatly appreciated” said Darren.

ABHF is committed to protecting and improving water quality on a local and catchment level. Any measures to improve water quality and conservation in the upper Channin Creek will have flow-on positive outcomes for other catchment users in the Warrego River catchment and beyond.

The strategic fencing of spring sites on the Reserve will result in, not only improvements in water quality, but the long-term preservation of these unique and threatened sites. The strategic management of feral herbivore watering points is an integral part of introduced fauna management
on the Reserve.

Carnarvon StationReserve management will benefit from the exclusion of feral herbivores from this and other springs on the property in the following ways; reduction in carrying capacity of pest species through limiting available watering points; reduced distribution of weed seed and pathogens carried and spread by feral herbivores; reduced sedimentation in springs creeks and drainage lines; decreased soil loss and erosion from watering points and feral animal trails; and increased faunal and floral diversity on a local/regional level.

The project forms part of ongoing strategy outlined in the Reserve’s management plan for conservation of significant sites. An important issue identified in the plan is the degradation of springs by feral herbivores. Exclusion of feral herbivores from these areas has been identified as an effective strategy for the protection of springs as well as reducing the density of feral herbivores on the reserve.

“We have managed to kick some major conservation goals with the exclusion of pigs and horses from these two springs, already water quality has improved and revegetation of the stream banks begun” said Darren.
If no action was taken then the spring sites would continue to degrade. With the removal of grazing over the Reserve’s 59,000 ha it is to be expected that the carrying capacity for herbivores, both feral and native, will continue to increase before stablising. It is a management aim and a responsibility of ABHF to see that these management actions do not result in a net increase in feral herbivores.

All these strategies engage to protect and manage the Reserve’s natural assets on a landscape scale and add to the conservation values of the region.

Fencing Aspects

All spring sites on Carnarvon Station are different. Fence styles that have been trialled on the property to date range from rigid stock-mesh exclosures, on a small scale, to large stand-alone electrified exclosures. Judging from the results of protection measures to date, the larger an exclosure the more beneficial, particularly if it excludes both pigs and horses as the exclosures in this project will. Native fauna, particularly macropods access the springs by rock and log ramps (a local innovation called a “Larbey Ladder”). Feral herbivores can continue to access water at dams and artificial sources where controlled efforts and monitoring are more practical, and the negative environmental impacts considerably lower.

Monitoring

Data collection on Carnarvon Station is in its early stages and little baseline data is available to demonstrate improvements in water quality. However, early indicators such as markedly decreased turbidity and dramatic increases in riparian and in-stream vegetation indicate that current fencing strategies are effective. It is expected that the re-establishment of suitable habitat will result in an increase of aquatic invertebrates and frogs. The sites are part of ABHF’s overall monitoring program and data is collected annually through photo survey points and the SAVMON monitoring system. Water quality testing and invertebrate monitoring is conducted at this site and other springs 2 times a year.

There is a rising stage sampler installed in the Channin Creek downstream of the project site, which was supplied by South West NRM, through funding from the Australian Government Envirofund.

Statistics

  • Number of kilometres fenced: 1 km
  • Total area protected/revegetated: 2 ha
  • Number of properties participating in the project: 1
  • Length of river watercourse fenced: 500m of spring source
Classification
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Warrego
NRM Topic: 
Conservation and Biodiversity
Water Wetlands and Rivers
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Lake Dartmouth Fencing Project: voluntary conservation success story

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Fencing off Lake Dartmouth demonstrates the ability and commitment of people in the region to make a difference in how natural resources are managed to ensure they are there for future generations.

The project was showcased at a field day hosted by South West NRM in April 2003 and has also featured on the popular television series "Totally Wild."

Educational signage has been installed on the Adavale Road and is available for all community members to view.

 

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Classification
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Warrego
NRM Topic: 
Conservation and Biodiversity
Water Wetlands and Rivers
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Queensland Government

RLF Programme

National Landcare Programme