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PestSmart Roadshow

The Invasive Animals CRC’s PestSmart Roadshow is rapidly coming to a close. Next week we  will be visiting Bourke and Charleville with Tasmania the week after.

Don’t forget the Carp Management Forum in Melbourne June 19-21.

More information and registration is available online at Registration for all events is free

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


Freshwater report scientific editing: Consultancy

Job Brief:

Collect, compile and technically edit to publication ready stage, the written proceedings and summaries of the verbal question/answer and discussions from both the Tilapia (Brisbane 15-16 May 2012) and Carp (Melbourne 19-20 June 2012) forums conducted by the IA CRC Roadshow Project.  Provide technical editorial advice on Freshwater Program final reports and publications and tilapia and carp fact sheets and case studies that have not been finalised by the 30 June 2012.

All tasks to be completed by 31 December 2012 with all editorial requirements to be advised to the consultant by no later than 30 September 2012. The IACRC invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced consultants by 14 June 2012 to Kylie Hall, Freshwater Program Coordinator, email: For more information, contact Kylie on (03) 5258 0281.


Feral Photos Competition 2012

Wanted: Feral Photos!

The 2012 Feral Photos competition is a free photography competition open to all members of the public. We are looking for the best original photographs of pest animals, pest animal damage, and pest animal control or monitoring activities in Australia. Colour, black and white, sepia-tone, remote camera and panoramic photos will all be accepted.

All entries (a maximum of 3 per person) must be provided in electronic or printed form, together with a completed entry form (download below). Please ensure you read and understand the terms and conditions contained in the entry pack.

Submit your entries by email to: or post to:
Feral Photos 2012 – Invasive Animals CRC,
Annette Brown, Locked Bag 6006,
Orange NSW Australia 2800.

Entries close 30 September 2012. If you have any questions, please contact or

Download entry pack at:

Urban foxes in Melbourne documentary

Basil Curtis, a 3rd year journalism student at Monash University, has produced a 10-minute documentary on urban foxes in Melbourne. Basil grew up in Bendigo and his family is from the country so when he found out about his cousin shooting 22 foxes in a night on his farm, he became interested in the topic. Basil conducted an Internet search and found out that there’s more foxes in the city than the country. After a quick survey of his university classmates who did not know knew anything about foxes, he knew he had his story.

“The hardest and most ironic part of making the documentary was in spite of the number of foxes in Melbourne (and even though I’d seen them with my own eyes) I couldn’t easily get any on tape,” Basil said. “I guess what has stayed with me from my two months of fox information research the most is their adaptiveness. They will eat anything, sleep anywhere – and foxes are street smart and sly”.

Basil interviewed many fox experts for his documentary including Linton Staples from Animal Control Technologies in Melbourne, a Participant organisation to the Invasive Animals CRC.

Watch Melbourne Foxes on YouTube:

Your thoughts sought on proposed NSW Non-Indigenous Animals Regulation

NSWDPINon-indigenous or exotic animals are a feature of everyday life for many Australians. They include most of our pets, agricultural animals and a range of reptiles, birds and mammals housed in zoos and wildlife parks. The Non-Indigenous Animals Act 1987 was established to assist in the management of controlled category non-indigenous animals within NSW and to prevent them from becoming pests to agricultural production, the environment, or a threat to human health and safety.

This year the Non-Indigenous Animals Regulation is due for repeal as a part of the normal legislative review process. The proposed Regulation has been published by the Department of Primary Industries and is available for public comment from Friday, 18 May 2012 to Friday, 15 June 2012. Interested parties can obtain copies of the proposed Regulation and explanatory documents by downloading them from the following link or by telephoning (02) 6391 3722 and requesting copies.

More information and proposed changes:

Invasive Animals CRC PhD scholarships

Imagine working on your doctorate in the stimulating and supportive intellectual environment of a leading Australian university with four years’ funding support, compared to the usual three years.

Your PhD research will work with cutting-edge technology and achieve practical solutions to a real $1 billion research problem. Invasive animals damage the Australian environment and reduce agricultural productivity.

Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) PhD scholarships are the only Australian PhD scholarship that offer a total of four years funding as well as additional specialised training that provides successful PhDs with a marketing advantage over others in the marketplace.

19 PhDs are currently available in innovative research projects covering ecology, virology, molecular biology, natural resource modelling, sociology, socio-economics and herbivore fertility control.

Applications for study commencing in 2013 close on 17 August 2012.

More info:

The biggest snapshot of science engagement in Australia

It’s a picture as big as Australia. A flash of light illuminating how people are getting science out there. And it’s the first time it’s been done.
The picture shows everyone who is engaging people with any science, from anywhere, any organisation, even into the future—that’s the goal.

Inspiring Australia wants to create a snapshot of all of the diverse science communication activities and programs going on between January 2011 and June 2013, and we need the help of anyone doing science engagement across the country

People can help by filling out a survey about the science engagement that they’re a part of. We’ll put the results into a visual national online database that anyone can explore. The database is part of a national audit that will help us all understand:

  • who are Australia’s players in science engagement—internationally, nationally, regionally and locally
  • where and who is missing out on science engagement
  • if and how Australians respond to science engagement activities
  • how people can link their activities or ideas together
  • how people are evaluating their engagement activities, or not
  • how we can create better tools for evaluation
  • the bigger picture of science engagement in Australia—with lots of opportunity for research.

The survey and database are being created in response to the Inspiring Australia Expert Working Group report Developing an Evidence Base for Science Engagement. It’s the first of a suite of projects tackling the report’s recommendations.

The audit will help science communicators to be seen as part of the big picture of science engagement in Australia and their standing with respect to the world.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Tertiary Education in partnership with Econnect, Bridge8, ASC and UWA.

Fill the survey out at:   It closes 30 June 2012.

New Publications

Best Practice Camel Book
This book is an illustrated reference of the Australian Standard and Guidelines for the land transport of camels, The Code of Practice for the humane control of feral camels; and Standard Operating Procedures for mustering and ground shooting of feral camels.
Download or order hardcopies at:

Journal Publications
Fujinuma J and RD Harrison (2012). Wild pigs (Sus scrofa) mediate large-scale edge effects in a lowland tropical rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. PLoS ONE doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037321.

Brian D. Cooke (2012). Rabbits: manageable environmental pests or participants in new Australian ecosystems? Wildlife Research  39(4) 279-289

Christa Beckmann and Richard Shine (2012). How many of Australia’s ground-nesting birds are likely to be at risk from the invasive Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)? Emu  112(2) 83-89

K. M. Haythorpe, D. Sulikowski and D. Burke (2012). Relative levels of food aggression displayed by Common Mynas when foraging with other bird species in suburbia. Emu 112(2) 129-136

Media round-up

Community attitudes guide pest animals research. In a world-first Australia-wide moving picture of ongoing public attitudes in real time regarding invasive animals and methods to control them, invasive animals have remained remarkably consistent as areas of high community concern……..Invasive Animals CRC Read full media release

Wild dogs costing $180m. A NATIONAL approach is needed to combat the growing wild dog problem which is costing woolgrowers about $180 million a year……Border Mail Read full story

Dog attacks drive sheep farmers wild. FRUSTRATED farmers are shying away from reporting wild dog attacks…..Weekly Times Read full story

Rabbits, water quality and the RMA. If there was a more virulent variety of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in Australia that could be useful in New Zealand, then the Government would not say it could not be introduced……Otago Daily Times Read full story

Shooters invited to remove park pests. LICENCED shooters will be allowed to cull pests in the State’s national parks, nature reserves and state conservation areas…..The Land Read full story

Mice munch away at Munglinup. Farmers on our state’s south coast are bracing themselves for a mouse plague worse than the 2009 outbreak. …. ABC Rural Read full story

Hume wild dog programs successful. The results of a landholder survey undertaken by the Hume Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) have shown that their wild dog programs are successful and contribute to farmer’s enterprises and general wellbeing. …..Southern Weekly Read full story

Pest and weeds targeted. Valuable research and management options about rabbits, wild dogs, feral pigs, parthenium, African lovegrass, lantana and giant rat’s tail grass, will be under the spotlight…… Queensland Country Life 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
  • 58th Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society. Port Augusta, South Australia. 23-27 Sept

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