Policy change proposed for wild dog management

REBUILD: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, local Dog Fence board chairperson Craig Trowbridge, new South Australian Dog Fence board chairperson Geoff Power and Minister Tim Whetstone at a section of the fence last year.

REBUILD: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, local Dog Fence board chairperson Craig Trowbridge, new South Australian Dog Fence board chairperson Geoff Power and Minister Tim Whetstone at a section of the fence last year.

The state government will be consulting on policy changes to remove wild dogs inside South Australia's Dog Fence.

The revised policy proposal includes minimum baiting standards inside the fence and a declaration of wild dogs in a 35-kilometre buffer zone outside of the fence to reduce the number of dogs reaching the fence.

Acting Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Dan van Holst Pellekaan said a revised wild dog management policy would ensure having the right strategies in place to eradicate wild dogs within the fence.

The policy change consultation comes after the state government announced last year the rebuild of 1600kms of 100-year-old sections of the fence to protect pastoralists from the impact of wild dogs.

"The Marshall Liberal Government is working with industry and the federal government and is determined to combine the once-in-a-generation $25-million rebuild of the dog fence and effective strategies to remove wild dogs from inside the fence," Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

"Wild dogs rip nearly $89 million a year from the Australian economy as estimated by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions [and] South Australian farmers reported losing more than 10,000 sheep to wild dogs in 2018 alone.

"Our government is focused on improving the management of wild dogs to support the growth of our $4.3 billion livestock sector."

Mr van Holst Pellekaan encouraged anybody with an interest in the management of wild dogs, including pastoralists, livestock producers and other rangeland stakeholders, to comment on the draft policy.

"This policy applies to dingoes and all other feral dogs which combined have a devastating impact on the livestock sector in South Australia," he said.

Wild dogs are currently declared species required by law to be eradicated inside the South Australian Dog Fence.

The draft revised policy has been developed by Primary Industries and Regions SA in consultation with the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group, the Department of Environment and Water, Natural Resource Management boards and other industry and community stakeholders.

For more information on the proposed changes, visit yoursay.sa.gov.au/wild-dog-management.

Feedback is open until 5pm on Friday, April 17.