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60 years ago there were no mobile phones – but there was a Glen Saunders!

Happy Birthday to Terrestrial Products and Strategies Program Leader Glen Saunders who recently turned 60! He almost managed to let it slide unnoticed, but not quite.

We hope you celebrated in style Glen.

PestSmart Roadshow: new events announced in Northern Territory and Tasmania!

Due to overwhelming demand – the Invasive Animals CRC’s PestSmart Roadshow will be visiting three additional venues in the coming weeks!

The PestSmart Roadshow is a rare opportunity to see, hear and chat about new products and the latest innovations in pest animal management with some of Australia’s leading pest animal experts. We have had a great response from NRM groups, government agencies, communities and landholders at our Roadshows throughout Australia so far. We hope that even more of you will now be able to come along to one of our shows in the Northern Territory or Tasmania.

Don’t forget our 2 rescheduled shows in early June (Bourke and Charleville) and the Carp Management Forum in Melbourne on June 19.

Registration for all events is free online at Watch this space or follow us on twitter or facebook for updates.

Tuesday 29 MayAlice Springs RoadshowCrowne Plaza
Tursday 31 MayKatherine RoadshowAllSeasons Katherine
Tuedsay 5 JuneCharleville RoadshowCharleville RSL Club
Thursday 7 JuneBourke RoadshowDiggers on the Darling
Thursday 14 JuneCampbell Town, TAS RoadshowNew Grange Meeting Centre
Tuesday 19 JuneCarp Management in Australia ForumBell City Event Centre


NRMs engage with PestSmart

Our NRM Liaison & Engagement Project Team has seen a great response from the NRMs and CMAs about the recent PestSmart Roadshows. Several NRM agencies have included information about PestSmart in their regular newsletters and on their websites, and we’ve had lots of enquiries! Everyone has been very positive and excited about the new tools and technologies. Many people have come to us to request further information, extra resources or assistance, while others simply want to discuss pest management options for their area.

We also went along to the recent National NRM Knowledge Conference held in Adelaide, where on-ground practitioners, planning and policy officers, and researchers from across Australia met together to discuss ‘what’s happening in our backyard’. Many delegates visited our exhibition booth (pictured) and were able to pick up copies of the wide range of PestSmart and Invasive Animals CRC publications. It’s really great to see the NRM agencies and other land managers embracing PestSmart – so well done to everyone who has been involved!

Federal Budget 2012-1

Australia’s biosecurity system lies at the heart of our position as a trading nation.  The 2012–13 Budget provides $524.2 million in new funding:

  • $379.9 million over seven years for the construction and operation of a new Australian Government owned and operated post entry quarantine facility for high risk plant and animal imports.
  • $124.5 million over four years (and then on an ongoing basis) for core risk response capability supporting biosecurity operations at international airports and mail centres.
  • $19.8 million over three years to support biosecurity information and communication technology infrastructure.

On top of the wider biosecurity investment a separate $95.9 million over seven years allocated from the Caring for our Country program will fund existing eradication programs for nationally significant pests and diseases.  This ongoing allocation will ensure future incursions can be brought under control as soon as possible.

Caring for our Country
The Budget provides the Caring for our Country program with $2.2 billion from 2013–14 to 2017–18 in order to protect and conserve our biodiversity and promote the adoption of sustainable farm practices. From July 2013, Caring for our Country will be delivered through two specific streams – one dedicated to sustainable environment and the other to sustainable agriculture.

CRC Association reaction
The CRC Association said that the Federal Government has avoided cuts to Science and Technology in a tough Budget. CRCA CEO Professor Tony Peacock said that although the Cooperative Research Centres Program continues to drop for two years to a low of $146 million, it then builds to $168 million in the last year of the Forward Estimates.  The Collaborative Research Networks are restored to around $20 million following last year’s cuts.  New money becomes available in clean technology program as a result of the Clean Energy futures program.



MLA FeedbackTV: Controlling pests and predators

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is a key partner with the IA CRC in the development of new tools for control of wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs.

This new MLA FeedbackTV episode outlines the benefits to livestock producers of these products and MLA’s continued support of the IA CRC. It also features IA CRC Chair, Helen Cathles.

Watch FeedbackTV on YouTube:

Controlling pests and predators (MLA feedbackTV ep17)

Camera Trapping Colloquium: Call for Abstracts

Camera trapping is the hot technique for wildlife monitoring, but do we expect more than the technology can provide?

The Australasian Wildlife Management Society in collaboration with the Invasive Animals CRC and partners are hosting a Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management and Research Colloquium at the ANZ Lecture Theatre, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Australia, 13-14 September 2012.

The Colloquium is open to any researcher, land manager or student who uses camera trapping to carry out research and monitoring of wildlife and will also bring together Australian and International camera trap trade displays. A two-day program is being developed based on the themes of Data and image management, identification and analysis; Camera trapping for animal monitoring; Survey design, standards and protocols; and Camera technology, constraints and pitfalls.

Call for Abstracts is now open and will close 8 June. Please register your interest now.

More information, sponsorship and to register:

Wanted: feral cat photos

Kana Koichi is currently preparing feral cat publications and video clips for the PestSmart Toolkit. She is looking for good pictures of feral cats to use in these. Camera trap photos may also be used. If you have any and can help her out, please email:

PhD student profile: Scott van Barneveld

Congratulations are in order for Dr Scott van Barneveld who was part of the IA CRC Balanced Scientist program and will have his PhD conferred from the University of Sydney on 15 June.

Scott conducted research to determine “what makes a successful invasive species?” Using a group of Australian lizards (genus Lampropholis) that contains both invasive and non-invasive species, he was able to determine some factors crucial to invasive success. These factors include the ability to tolerate different climates, the willingness to utilise human-mediated transport vectors, and the response of a species to predators.

Scott found that successful invaders are those that are able to thrive in different climates, utilise human-mediated transport vectors to spread, and evade predation. In contrast, non-invasive species with limited geographic distributions are those that are fine-tuned to within a narrow thermal niche, and perform poorly outside of comparatively specialised climatic conditions. Scott’s results will assist in modelling risk assessments and geographic distributions for potentially invasive species in a global context.

We congratulate Scott and wish him all the best in his future career.

Staged repeal of the Game and Feral Animal regulation 2004

The Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2004 is subject to staged repeal under the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.

The NSW Government is proposing to make a new Regulation, the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012. The proposed Regulation remakes, with amendments, the 2004 Regulation.

The proposed Regulation will be made under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002. The objects of the Act are to provide for the effective management of introduced species of game animals, and to promote the responsible and orderly hunting of game animals on public and private land and of certain pest animals on public land.

The proposed Regulation seeks to ensure the objects of the Act are achieved by prescribing matters concerning licences including the conditions of game hunting licences, the duration of licences, licence fees, grounds for refusal of a licence and penalty notice offences.

The proposed Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement will be available for public comment from Friday, 4 May 2012 until Friday, 8 June 2012.

More information:

Biological invasions

The first State Of The Planet Declaration was issued at the recent Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference, the largest gathering of global change scientists leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) from 4 June to 6 June 2012.

Biological invasions are a growing threat to biodiversity, human health and food security, according to policy recommendations for Rio+20 drafted by the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group and IUCN’s Invasive Species Initiative.

Several ISSG members were concerned with the limited attention being paid to the issue of biological invasions and invasive alien species in the Rio+20 process.  Members proposed the development and submission of a policy paper highlighting the growing threat of biological invasions on biodiversity, human health and food security for the Rio+20 process.

After extensive consultation with the membership, the ISSG with the IUCN’s Invasive Species Intitiative (ISI) developed and submitted a policy brief ( related to biological invasions and invasive alien species to the IUCN.  This brief will be included in the IUCN documentation for Rio+20 and text will be reflected in the umbrella position paper (which will form the basis of IUCN’s statement to the Rio+20 conference).


Inspiring Australia Working Group submissions

To advance the implementation of the ‘Inspiring Australia’ strategy, experts across Australia have been working together to develop recommendations for enhancing science engagement in areas that have required further analysis.  Four Expert Working Groups are now welcoming comment and feedback on their draft reports:

  •  Inspiration from the deserts
  •  Science engagement into and for Australia’s tropical region
  •  Indigenous Engagement with Science – Towards deeper understandings
  •  Effective communication of marine science to the Australian community

Each report has sought to analyse the current situation, identify the key stakeholders and issues, and propose a strategy to move forward.  The reports can be accessed at:

The Invasive Animals CRC made a submission to the Inspiration from the deserts report citing as a tool to map feral animals to protect and enhance the biodiversity of Australian desert landscapes.

Feral animals are also covered in the Science engagement into and for Australia’s tropical region report.  The report states that the biodiversity sciences in tropical Australia are showing the emerging risk of a slowly unfolding extinction event across the tropical landscape, perpetrated by a complex interconnected set of landscape scale pressures (fire regimes, changing climate, feral animals and pest weeds and grazing pressures).

Any chance of halting this decline will require the engagement of national policy, funding and science institutions.  At this stage, despite the existence of a high level of knowledge of the problems and potential solutions, cohesive engagement between stakeholders and the science community has not yet emerged in a way that is likely to lead to a cohesive national or State/Territory action.

The contact for the Inspiration from the deserts report is Linda Cooper at and Allan Dale at is the contact for the Science engagement into and for Australia’s tropical region report.

Comment and feedback can be provided to the contacts for each Expert Working Group by 31 May 2012.  For further information, please email or phone (02) 6270 2868.

PhD in Invasive Species Ecology: Landcare Research NZ

Biological Invasions in Braided River Ecosystems in New Zealand
Landcare Research and The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand, with Environment Canterbury

An exciting opportunity exists to undertake a PhD aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of alien plant invasions in a highly dynamic ecosystem, the extensive braided rivers that are a major feature of New Zealand’s eastern South Island. Braided rivers are naturally dynamic systems as a consequence of highly variable river flows and associated floods, and support a unique native biota that includes endemic species of plants, lizards, invertebrates and river birds. Human induced changes to natural flood regimes, as a consequence of river damming and water extraction, appear to trigger a cascade of effects in these ecosystems initiated through invasion by alien plants.

More info:

New Publications

PestSmart Factsheet: Distribution of pure dingoes and dingo-dog hybrids in Australia
The term ‘wild dog’ collectively refers to pure dingoes, feral domestic dogs and hybrids between the two. In other words, all free-roaming Canis species are labelled and managed as wild dogs. Since domestic dogs arrived in Australia, interbreeding between dogs and dingoes has progressed rapidly. Understanding which areas have pure dingoes and which have hybrids is important for dingo conservation and for understanding the ecology of wild dogs in Australia’s ecosystems.
Download the full factsheet at:

Journal Publications
Ford-Thompson, A. E. S., Snell, C., Saunders, G. and White, P. C. L. (2012), Stakeholder Participation in Management of Invasive Vertebrates. Conservation Biology 26: 345–356.

M. Noelia Barrios-Garcia and Sebastian A. Ballari (2012). Impact of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in its introduced and native range: a review. Biol Invasions  Online First™, 29 April 2012

G. J. Measey, D. Rödder, S. L. Green, R. Kobayashi and F. Lillo, et al (2012). Ongoing invasions of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis: a global review. Biol Invasions  Online First™, 29 April 2012

Media round-up

Weather leads to increase in feral rabbits. Consecutive warm and wet seasons have led to an increase in the feral rabbit population…….Mosman Council Read full story

Feral roadshow to make its Territory debut. When the Invasive Animals CRC announced the schedule for the PestSmart Roadshow in late 2011, there was some disappointment that the Northern Territory wasn’t included…..ABC Rural Read full story

Man’s pest friend: tracking wild dogs helps researchers fix costly problemIN A remote wilderness bordered by sheep country and plunging cliffs, big brother is watching the locals’ every move….Sydney Morning Herald Watch video and read full story

Wild dog baiting goes aerial. Helicopters will be flying low today over farms in southeast NSW as wild dog control takes to the sky……ABC Rural Read full story

Farmers under siege from wild dogs. The Victorian Government has been forced to abandon its wild dog aerial baiting program due to Federal Government belligerence, says the Victorian Farmers Federation….VFF Media Release Read full story

New dog bait almost ready. A NEW bait for wild dogs – with an antidote – could soon be available to farmers to use in the battle against wild dogs and foxes. …. North Queensland Register Read full story

Hunters hunted. PACKS of wild dogs are reportedly stalking deer hunters as they become more brazen in their search for food…..Pakenham-Berwick Gazette Read full story

Attack the pack. Tackling the problem of wild dogs needs a coordinated local approach and a wide range of weapons in producers’ arsenals…..MLA News Read full story

Wild dogs kill 17 lambs in one night. A WILD dog attack in East Gippsland on Saturday night left 17 lambs dead and sparked calls for more government trappers. ….The Weekly Times Read full story

PestSmart social media

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Upcoming conferences


  • Carp Management in Australia Forum. Melbourne 19-21 June
  • 4th International Wildlife Management Congress. Durban, South Africa. 9-12 July
  • World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. Brisbane 9-12 July
  • Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms. Riga (Latvia) 16–18 August
  • Invasive organisms and globalisation. Riga (Latvia) 20-23 August
  • 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology. Glasgow, Scotland. 28 Aug-1 Sept
  • Fertility Control Conference. Jackson Wyoming, USA. 29 Aug-1 Sept

For more information on these and other events, please see details on our website.