TOWONG Council will not give up the fight for aerial baiting of wild dogs, says mayor Mary Fraser.
Cr Fraser said ground baiting was not working as not everyone took part and aerial baiting would cover more ground.
Cr Fraser, Towong chief executive Juliana Phelps and member for Benambra Bill Tilley met Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh yesterday to discuss what systems could be put in place in the North East.
Mr Walsh said a wild dog management program was being considered but did not include aerial bating at this stage.
“We want to deliver outcomes rather than just counting the number of dogs involved,” he said.
“It is particularly the department working with farmers and the community to provide additional ground baiting.”
Mr Walsh said the idea had been trialled in Gippsland and he expected it to provide the same results to the North East.
“It is a co-ordinating program so a large area is covered and there is a better success rate. It appears to be working well in Gippsland because we have had very positive feedback,” he said.
Cr Fraser said she hoped the federal government would favour aerial baiting in Victoria and even though Towong was following Gippsland, it was still on the agenda.
“I do think aerial baiting will be the best solution but these are all things you talk about and you never find out what will work and what won’t until you try it,” she said.
“The minister is confident the program is a good idea and it will be beneficial to have a different management plan.”
Mr Walsh could not confirm when the Gippsland system would extend to the North East but said talks were under way.