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Wild Dog Project Officer vacancy in Queensland

This is a temporary full-time position until June 2015 with the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Toowoomba.

Operating from within Biosecurity Queensland, you will be involved in a collaborative research project on wild dogs. Your role will be to investigate the ecology, impacts and management of wild dogs in peri-urban areas. This position is supported by the Invasive Animals CRC and contributes to the IA CRC’s wild dog research and strategic management program.

Applications close 24th July 2012.
More information: (Job ad reference: QLD/EEDI33639/12) or contact Matthew Gentle 07 4688 1033.

Carp story to feature on ABCTV’s Landline this Sunday

After several years of above-average rainfall, southern Australia is a landscape glimmering with brimming lakes and waterways. Where for years there was parched earth, now there’s life in profusion. But the wet years have provided perfect conditions for Australia’s worst freshwater pest – the European carp. The breaking of the drought spawned tens of millions of young carp. This Spring, they will be big enough to breed. In some areas scientists are predicting a four thousand per cent increase in carp numbers.

The Invasive Animals CRC carp research will feature in a story to be aired on Landline on ABC1 this Sunday 22 July at 12pm. Freshwater Program Leader Wayne Fulton was interviewed for the story during the Carp management in Australia Forum held in Brisbane last month.

Have your say on Australia’s new biosecurity legislation

Feedback is being sought by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on its response to the Beale review of biosecurity, with new legislation proposed. The draft legislation is designed to manage the risks associated with pests and diseases entering, becoming established or spreading in Australia.

There is a new biosecurity legislation GovSpace site, which will showcase biosecurity legislation related news and items of interest, with the aim of creating an open dialogue with the individuals, companies and industries that might be affected by, or have an interest in, the new legislation that is being developed to replace the century old Quarantine Act 1908.

More information at:

End of August AWMS deadlines

The Invasive Animals CRC is a Platinum Sponsor of the 25th Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS) conference which is being held in Adelaide on 27-29 November 2012. The conference theme is: Wildlife Management and Water – How muddied are the waters by a Boom and Bust System?

AWMS has established a Practitioner’s Award to the value of $2,500 (including $1,000 cash) which will reward field practitioners for best practice in wildlife management, including management of invasive species. Applications for this award and also submission of conference papers close on 31 August 2012.

For details see: or contact Terry Korn at, phone: 0447 847 399 or (02) 6884 7298.

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:

Final month for Innovation Challenge entries

Entries are now open to share in $70,000 in The Australian Innovation Challenge and close on 12 August. Previously, HogHopper™ from the Invasive Animals CRC was one of the runners-up in this competition. The competition is organised by The Australian newspaper in association with Shell and is supported by the federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

For further details, visit

Australian Rural Leadership Program applications close this month

Applications are now open for Course 20 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). The program is designed for individuals who will lead rural, regional and remote Australia into the future.

The ARLP offers participants the opportunity to develop leadership skills and increase their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing rural Australia and its primary industries. Graduates of the ARLP form a national network of well informed and effective leaders with the capacity to bring economic, social and environmental benefits to industries and communities. The program commences in May 2013 and concludes in September 2014.

Applications can be lodged online on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s website. The closing date for all applications is Tuesday, 31 July, 2012.

More information and to apply:

Online resource on feral hogs in the USA

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has joined several land-grant university extension entities throughout the United States to form a “community of practice” that will fight the growing feral hog problem.

This Feral Hog Community of Practice brings together a group of professional educators with expertise on a variety of feral hog related topics. Together, they have launched a new Web-based resource at to help provide agricultural producers, wildlife managers and landowners with critical information and expert application of knowledge to meet the growing demand for timely and accurate information.

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Possible symposium on invasive birds at International Ornithological Congress

The 26th International Ornithological Congress is being held in Tokyo, Japan on 18-24 August 2014 (

The call for symposia is currently open. There is a suggestion to have a symposium on “Eradication and control of invasive birds on islands”.

If you are interested in helping organize this symposium or possibly contributing to it please contact Ken Ishida directly;
Dr Ken Ishida, University of Tokyo email:

The closing date for proposals is 31 July 2012.

New Publications

Scientific Papers

Andrew Taylor, Sean Tracey, Klaas Hartmann and Jawahar Patil (2012). Exploiting seasonal habitat use of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, in a lacustrine system for management and eradication. Marine and Freshwater Research  63: 587–597

Kate Grarock, Christopher Tidemann, Jeffrey Wood, David Lindenmayer (2012). Is It Benign or Is It a Pariah? Empirical Evidence for the Impact of the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) on Australian Birds PLoS ONE 7(7): e40622

Koichi K, Cottrell A, Sangha KK, & Gordon IJ (2012). Aboriginal rangers’ perspectives on feral pigs: Are they a pest or a resource? A case study in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of northern Queensland. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 15(1): 2-19

Koichi K, Sangha KK, Cottrell A, & Gordon IJ (2012). Are feral pigs (Sus scrofa) a pest to rainforest tourism? Journal of Ecotourism 11(2): 132-148

Media round-up

Political dreaming: shooters solving pest problems?  The Victorian government has introduced bounties for foxes and wild dogs, $10 for the scalp of a fox, and $50 for that of a dog……… Opinion piece by Brian Cooke on The Conversation  Read full story

‘Just add water’ isn’t enough to fix our rivers.  There is a simplistic campaign being waged by some green groups and politicians that if you ‘just add water’ by taking it from food and fibre production you will have a healthy working river…….. ABC The Drum Read full story

Humans wildlife’s big enemy. IN THE struggle to protect local communities, livestock and native wildlife from wild dogs, it’s up to the human race to take the upper hand according to the latest scientific findings……. The Daily Examiner Read full story

Control feral pigs now. RANGERS from the Tablelands Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) are encouraging landholders to undertake feral pig control…….. Town and Country Magazine  Read full story

Rock wallaby bounces back in SA. An ecology program in South Australia’s north has been successful in saving a species of wallaby from possible extinction……. ABC Rural Read full story

Concerns hunters will disperse feral animals. Critics argue NSW legislation to allow recreational hunters into national parks will actually make it harder to trap and kill feral animals……. ABC LatelineWatch full story

Goat rebate targets wild dogs. A NEW initiative between one of Australia’s largest goat processors and pastoralists from the Western Division of New South Wales is set to help curb the region’s escalating wild dog problem…….. Stock Journal  Read full story

WA Government eases restrictions on poison use to tackle wild dogs. In a bid to control the Western Australia’s wild dog problem, the State Government has relaxed laws controlling the use of the poison 1080…… ABC Rural Read full story

Upcoming conferences


  • Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. Townsville 17-20 July
  • Queensland Pest Animal Symposium. Sunshine Coast. 30 July – 2 August
  • 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
  • National Landcare Conference. Sydney. 3-5 September
  • 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.