Tilley has wild dog guides close at hand

BILL Tilley is playing a part in the bid to curb wild dog activity in his electorate.

The member for Benambra has paid to have 5000 Upper Murray wild dog watch waterproof glovebox guides printed.

They have been mailed out to 1900 households throughout his region and include the Corryong, Walwa, Tallangatta, Mitta, Granya and Sandy Creek areas.

An accompanying letter has been sent with the guides which will easily fit into shirt pockets or vehicle gloveboxes.

“I made the decision to produce this card in order that you have your local Department of Environment and Primary Industries wild dog controller’s contact details readily available,” the letter reads.

Mr Tilley has urged all landholders to assist in reporting wild dog activity as soon as it is seen or heard.

“It is up to all stakeholders to ensure we are successful and minimise the incidents of wild dog activity,” he said.

“All reports of wild dog activity are treated seriously and the information used in determining the best use of wild dog program resources.

“Dogbytes is a database used by DEPI to provide a comprehensive view of the wild dog problem, including impacts on livestock and communities.

“The data base is only as good as the information that is entered into it and this information needs to come from you.”

Mr Tilley said dog controllers immediately enter reports on wild dogs into the database.

The database decides areas of high priority, provides dog trends, helps develop more effective control measures and provides details on the extent of the problem.

Mr Tilley has set up a Facebook page which can be found by searching for Upper Murray Wild Dog Watch.

He said it can be used as an information portal only.

The glovebox guides include the contact number for Tim Enshaw, who is working on the dog problem through funding from Australian Wool Innovation.

Anyone wanting a guide can contact Mr Tilley’s office.

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