Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group Declared Pest Rate Introduced

Published: Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at 12:00:00 AM


Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group has been assisting Wheatbelt sheep farmers manage wild dog populations and reducing stock losses for over 10 years. Kulin farmer and founder of EWBG, Jim Sullivan, reports that with the control of wild dog populations stock losses have declined from over 1000 in 2008 down to 50 last year. Additionally, the group has noticed that with the removal of wild dogs (as well as cats and foxes) native fauna such as kangaroos, native marsupials and birds have returned to areas.

Previously, the EWBG wild dog control program was funded by 50:50 contributions from the State Government and local Shires. The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) allows a rate to be raised for the purposes of controlling declared pests in prescribed areas. This rate is known as the Declared Pest Rate (DPR). The DPR has been collected in the pastoral lease areas since the late 1970's.

In conjunction with newly formed biosecurity groups, in 2016/17 this rate is being applied in 11 shires in the Eastern Wheatbelt. From September 2016 a rate on landholdings of 20ha and above will be introduced to assist the funding of the wild dog control program with equal contributions from the State Government.

The rate notices will be mailed to landholders/ratepayers beginning mid-September 2016 by the Office of State Revenue, who are responsible for collecting the rate. This is a compulsory levy and will be administered by the Government and not the Shire.

 If you would like more information about your groups other planned activities please contact:

EWBG:         Lisa O'Neill, Executive Officer ewbg@outlook.com

                      Cyril Smith (Chairman) 04 27 807 043

                       Dean Sinclair 04 28 747 045                      

                       Jim Sullivan 04 39 751 046

                       Ron Burro 04 28 127710

                       Steve Palm 04 27 487 012

EWBG are encouraging the community to learn more about the program and provide the opportunity to ask questions about the introduced declared pest rate. The next annual general meeting of Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group will be held in Merredin on 23 September in the DAFWA conference room and members of the community are welcome to attend. Interested members can contact Lisa O’Neill on ewbg@outlook.com

Please click the following link EWBG Media Statement from the Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group


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