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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Palaszczuk Government to work with regional Qld on wild dog eradication

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Palaszczuk Government to work with regional Qld on wild dog eradication

    The Palaszczuk Government will fast track an additional $5 million to tackle problems caused by Queensland’s escalating number of wild dogs.

    Touring properties in western Queensland today, the Premier confirmed that her government was taking action to find the best way forward.

    “This was an election pledge that I’m determined to deliver, because we understand the urgency involved,” she said.

    “High wild dog populations throughout the region are causing livestock losses, particularly in the sheep industry. Cattle producers are also reporting an increased impact on younger stock.

    “Landholders indicate that the wild dog predation in the central west region is responsible for costs to animal producers and local government of up to $13.5 million a year.”

    “On a tour of drought impacted communities in March, my Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne held discussions with key stakeholders in western Queensland about strategies to tackle wild dogs.

    “I have asked my Agriculture Minister to continue speaking with farmers, councils and other stakeholders so that we can develop a consensus approach to this issue.”

    The Premier said reaching a consensus was important before moving forward.

    “We know there’s a variety of opinions as to the best ways to manage the impacts of wild dogs.

    “One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that wild dogs are having a devastating impact in the region.

    “We all need to work together to limit the damage these animals have on livestock in our regions.”

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