April 1, 2014 Latest News No Comments

Wildlife Queensland was invited to attend an Annual Collaborative Meeting on 5 March 2014 to discuss the Fraser Island Dingo

Photo © Steve Parish

Photo © Steve Parish

Conservation and Risk Management Strategy of July 2013.  The meeting was attended by a number of stakeholder groups including traditional owners, researchers, island residents, conservationists and advisory committee members.  The discussion was jointly chaired by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The strategy replaces the 2006 Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy which was audited in 2009 (by L. Corbett) and then reviewed by Ecosure Pty Ltd in 2012 (Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy Review).  In turn, the Ecosure report was subject to an external expert Review Steering Committee.

The three most recent documents can be found here:

The strategy summarises the main findings of the review.  It states that ‘Ecosure and the Review Steering Committee found that the objectives and strategies of the 2006 Dingo Management Strategy were largely appropriate, with an opportunity to improve outcomes through more attention to dingo welfare and building community understanding and acceptance.  Analysis of some of the concerns raised by the community were found to be unsubstantiated while other concerns have led to recommendations that certain management practices be immediately stopped (pending further investigation of value) or modified’.

Photo © Robert Ashdown

Photo © Robert Ashdown

The following aspects of dingo and visitor management were considered important:

  • Fencing was seen to be the most effective engineering solution to separate humans from dingoes
  • Ear tagging of dingoes was to target animals with a minimum weight of approximately 10kg
  • Increased enforcement was necessary to maximise visitor and resident compliance with laws against feeding dingoes
  • High quality public awareness programs should continue to raise awareness of dingo-safe behaviour
  • Strategically planned dingo research should be encouraged and should inform decision-making, policy development and communication
  • The use of physical hazing as a dingo deterrent has been suspended pending further research on the value of this technique.

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