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Bruce’s big plans

Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

Western Wild Dog Coordinator Bruce Duncan. Western Wild Dog Coordinator Bruce Duncan.

By Emily Ferguson

Bruce Duncan has big plans for his extended timeframe of work as the Western Wild Dog Coordinator and is planning to take on some projects that have never been done before. 

It was announced late last month that Mr Duncan will remain the Wild Dog Coordinator for a minimum of 14 months after the NSW Government stepped in to fund his work. 

When Australian Wool Innovation withdrew its funding for the role in Western NSW late last year, Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW, Adam Marshall, said it was crucial for landholders and pest groups that it be maintained. 

Mr Duncan said his job involves working with all stakeholders in the pest management area. 

“This consists of working with government and industry bodies to change regulations and restrictions on certain practices and increase accessibility of control tools for landholders,” he said, “for example the use of Canid pest ejectors, aerial baiting and pig strength meat baits. 

“I’m ecstatic that the role will continue and that in conjunction with the stakeholders we will continue to build on all the advances and improvements we have been able to make by working together,” he said.

“I think it is critical to have someone independent to work directly with the landholders to help them build and drive the projects and the pest management program,” said Mr Duncan. 

“The nil tenure approach is the only way to manage the dog problem and be able to run production systems in Western NSW.”

The biggest challenge in coming months will likely be the Dog and Pig Collaring projects which has never before been pursued. 

“The outcomes from that program will help drive and direct our management of dogs and pigs for the future,” said Mr Duncan.”

The Local Land Service have just on a project, the Professional Wild Dog Controller Program, which will allow landholders to use professional trappers across western region 

“While in its infancy, I believe this program is a huge step forward for pest management in the region,” said Mr Duncan. 

“All the progress we have made in wild dog management and control has been through working as a group using the nil tenure method,” he said.

“The more people that are involved and participate the more effective the program is. 

“This can be shown through the failures in Western Australia and Queensland. We need to continue working together making sure that we all participate in wild dog control.”

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