Pest animal management focus of forum on Straddie

Pest animal management focus of forum on Straddie

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02-Jun-2015

An upcoming forum on Straddie will showcase the best in feral animal management across the country.

The Managing ferals for success: Feral Animal Management Forum on the 4th of August on Straddie will be hosted by Straddie Pest Management Group, a newly formed group made up of key organisations involved in land management on Stradbroke Island that are working to protect Straddie’s unique wildlife.

The Forum, to be held at the UQ Moreton Bay Research Station brings together a number of experts to discuss techniques, opportunities and challenges in pest animal control and will showcase examples from across the country, including work on Victoria’s Philip Island where foxes are on the verge of being successfully eradicated.

Different control methods will also be discussed for controlling a wide spectrum of pest animals with presentations from government and industry specialists such as Australian Wildlife and Feral Management. 

Joel Bolzenius from SEQ Catchments said that managing pests is a community issue that needs to be dealt with at a community level and the forum is a chance to learn from those that have been leading the way in pest animal control both locally and from across the country.

“Not only are pest animals a major impact environmentally they can also have major impacts on local economies. Phillip Island provides a great example where feral animal control was a necessity to protect penguin colonies and a tourism industry which contributes $125 million to the Victorian economy annually.” 

“Getting on top of the feral animal issue is a struggle for many communities but there is a lot of great work being done and this event will provide an opportunity to learn how the challenge can be overcome.”

The day is perfect for industry professionals and those involved in feral animal management, as well as members of the general public, community groups, and interested landholders.

Straddie Pest Management Group are currently working on Straddie to control pest animals such as foxes and feral cats that prey on a number of wildlife including Straddie’s endangered sea turtles, bandicoots, threatened frog species, internationally protected shorebirds, and the rare and secretive water mouse and will be available to talk about their work on the day.

When: Tuesday 4th August, 9am - 4pm

Where:  Moreton Bay Research Station,Corner of Flinders Avenue and Fraser Streets, Dunwich QLD 4183North Stradbroke Island

The day is perfect for industry professionals and those involved in feral animal management, as well as members of the general public, community groups, and interested landholders.

Guest speakers include:

  • Stuart Murphy from Philip Island, Victoria, where foxes are on the verge of being successfully eradicated.
  • Michel Dickinson, Australia Wildlife and Feral Animal Management, who has extensive experience and experience in a range of control methods across Australia.
  • Representatives from the State Government to talk about approved methods and regulations. 
There will also be an opportunity to visit feral animal management sites on the Island.

Please RSVP directly via Eventbrite below.

The Straddie Pest Management Group includes the involvement of the following land managers and organisations:

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Quandamooka Land & Sea Management Agency, Redland City Council, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, Sibelco Australia, SEQ Catchments, Department of Natural Resources & Mines, Seqwater, The North Stradbroke Island Land Pest and Animal Management Working Group, Straddie Camping, Biosecurity Queensland.

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