The newly adopted five-year Balonne Shire Biosecurity Plan 2019-2024, is now available for perusal.
Under the Biosecurity Act everyone must take reasonable steps to prevent and minimise biosecurity risks of invasive pest plants and animals.
The Plan’s preparation was supported by several natural resource management agencies, landholders and other interested stakeholders. The Plan is the culmination of an extensive consultation program commencing in late 2018 and throughout 2019.
The Plan provides for a coordinated approach to the management of pest plants and animals within the Shire setting out achievable objectives and strategies for Council, landholders and other stakeholders to manage pests, as well as prioritising those pest plants and animals currently present or that have a high potential to occur within the region.
Wild Dog Bounty requirements
To be eligible to claim the wild dog bounty or retainer the following conditions must be met from 1 July 2019:
- Letter of Declaration (PDF) from the landowner or manager of the property (sample letter of declaration on Council’s website), if this letter is not received on the day of claiming payment will be withheld;
- Statutory Declaration form must be completed and signed by the applicant listing all of the property and owners details on which the dog was destroyed. The Commonwealth Statutory Declaration must be witnessed by an Authorised Officer, Justice of the Peace or relevant officer in accordance with the legislative requirements.
- GPS points or a map of the property indicating where the dog/s were destroyed must accompany the Commonwealth Statutory Declaration and lodged on the Feral Scan App.
- A copy of the applicant's drivers licence must accompany their first claim.
- The scalps must be delivered to the Council Office and sighted by the Authorised Council Officers prior to receiving payment.
- A relevant officer of Council (if applicable the Manager of Rural Services and Compliance) must sign the Wild Dog Bonus Application (section 3), confirming that the scalps have been sighted and match the information on the Application for Payment Form and the Destruction sign off, prior to the Application being processed for payment.
- The scalps must be dried or frozen (decomposing or smelling scalps will not be accepted).
- The scalp must be a full scalp – not just the ears and nose.
- Scalps must be suitably packaged (not open plastic bags).
The Wild Dog Bonus Application / Statutory Declaration are processed through Rural Services Unit and then through the Accounts Payable system from the information provided and processed accordingly. Council will pay the dogger/trapper directly and not through any third parties. Forms must be returned fully completed. Council’s payment terms are 30 days.
Council will now use the Feral Scan Application to log the GPS coordinates of wild dogs/dingoes captured/shot/trapped/sighted within the Balonne Shire. To become a listed member through Balonne Shire Council Feral Scan App you need to sign the attached agreement and complete the details so we are able to register you.
The Feral Scan Application is designed to do the following:
- Record and view all your records of wild dogs, their damage and control activities all in the one place
- Upload your photos of wild dogs and their activity and view them in the photo gallery
- Use the data from your local area to create and print a map
- Talk with your neighbours and compare your results
- Identify the priority areas for control on your property and in your local area
- Link with local groups and coordinate your resources
- Find out who may be able to help you with wild dog management
- Monitor the effects of control programs and prove their effectiveness
- Review your data to see changes over time
- Inform your community about wild dog problems
This is a new process for Council Officer’s to ensure compliance around our scalp bounty and retainer management. Your cooperation with getting the above information accurately and completing the relevant forms is essential for any future payment process.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Council on (07) 4620 8888.
Feral Animal Management
With an estimated damage bill of approximately $66.3 million each year Australia wide to livestock caused by wild dogs (not including the damage pigs, foxes and other wild animals do), the country areas of Queensland have a huge problem with wild animals.
Council partners with other organisations such as South West Natural Resource Management to bid for cluster fencing projects.
We also conduct feral animal baiting campaigns several times per year. Details about these shire wide campaigns are advertised closer to the time.
Wild Dog Baiting Program
Wild dog baiting is carried out in Balonne Shire at least twice annually. Council advertises when baiting will occur and will advise participating landholders of any date changes as a result of bad weather or availability of the bait products. Meat baits will be supplied by Council, consisting of 40kg of bait material for each property.
Landowners must bring rate notices to baiting stations and inform neighbours of their intent to bait 72 hours prior to laying baits.
Tourists and local community members are to be vigilant with their pets during baiting periods and take caution whilst travelling around the Balonne Shire. 1080 baits can remain live for long periods on properties adjacent main roads and other road networks within the Shire boundary during dry conditions.
Landowners are to be vigilant during the baiting campaign and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and ensure vehicle hygiene protocols are adhered for the safety of working dogs.
For further information contact Council on (07) 4620 8888.
Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing
The ABC program Landline recently focussed on how wild dog exclusion fencing is having a positive effect in the Central West.
Landholders wanting more information on Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing can contact Council on (07) 4620 8888.
Warning - the program contains images of sheep that have been attacked by wild dogs.
QRIDA Exclusion Fencing Loans
Feral pests including wild dogs are leaving their mark on the sheep and wool industry across Queensland. Recent dry conditions and drought has meant the economic and physical impact has been significant in the Balonne area and neighbouring districts.
Primary producers who are impacted by wild dogs are encouraged to consider Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority’s (QRIDA) Sustainability Loan to implement exclusion fencing.
Exclusion fencing is a long term and sustainable solution for producers who want to keep feral animals out of their property, protect their livestock and improve their pasture and crop management.
QRIDA’s Sustainability Loan offers up to $1.3 million to eligible producers helping them develop existing properties through the purchase of materials and equipment, the cost of contractors and dry hiring machinery and any preparatory work to construct the fence. Interest-free periods are available for fencing projects, QRIDA loans also feature zero account keeping fees or charges.
Graziers are encouraged to discuss their requirements and any broader farm development plans with QRIDA Regional Area Manager, Tony Koch on 0427 029141 or by contacting QRIDA on Freecall 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au for more information.