PROTECTION: Council funding is vital for wild dog management.
PROTECTION: Council funding is vital for wild dog management. contributed

Council cuts funding for shire's wild dog eradication

THE Wild Dog Management Group was left high and dry this month after the Murweh Shire Council decided to cut off its funding.

With a mere two weeks' notice, Wild Dog Control Southeast co-ordinator Michael Davies couldn't believe the Council would pull funding on an issue that affected so many in the community.

"Our biggest concern is that they didn't let anyone know, so we don't have the time to try and get funding elsewhere.”

A surge in wild dogs across rural Queensland in recent years poses one of the most serious threats to the viability of the pastoral industry in the Murweh Shire, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to the sheep and cattle industries.

In the past five years, Murweh Shire Council has allocated $1million to the Murweh Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee, which oversees various programs such as baiting, trapping and scalp bounties to assist landholders in combating wild dogs.

Made up of volunteer landholder representatives from across the shire, the Wild Dog Management Group co-ordinates baiting and other control programs to try and regulate the serious problem of wild dogs in the Murweh Shire.

"We feel like all our efforts have gone to waste and we're being ignored,” Mr Davies said.

"As individual landholders it's impossible to control the wild dog problem without funding.

"We've gone to the mayor and made a heap of noise so I'm hoping they take notice,” he said.

All landholders are legally required to control and eradicate feral dogs on their properties and may be subject to prosecution if they don't abide.