THE fight against the North East’s wild dogs has taken a step forward with the appointment of a baiting co-ordinator.

Tim Enshaw, based in Wodonga with the Primary Industries Department, will establish community baiting programs to back up the department’s dogmen.

Australian Wool Innovation funding of $730,000 covers the wages of his position and another in Gippsland for three years.

Mr Enshaw, 49, has worked in Wodonga on invasive pests for three years after many years at Rutherglen on prime lamb production.

“It is important to recognise what farmers are already doing,” Mr Enshaw said.

Two groups at Granya and in the Burrowye-Walwa areas did baiting last spring and in the autumn and will start baiting again next week.

Mr Enshaw said farmers would get plenty of support to establish groups in other areas.

He said many farmers backed the baiting program, but lacked the time to become involved.

Mr Enshaw said baiting complemented exclusion fencing, trapping and shooting.

More than 20 farmers have laid baits this year and 11 have been trained and endorsed to handle 1080 poison.

The member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, yesterday said Mr Enshaw’s appointment was significant.

“Baiting at a community level and timing it before lambing and other seasonal events will have the greatest impact on wild dogs”, he said.

“Mr Enshaw will develop community baiting programs and also co-ordinate these with the department’s wild-dog work.

“He will also organise training and accreditation to use 1080 bait products.

“Producers now rely heavily on fencing, trapping and shooting to manage wild dogs”.

Mr Tilley said a co-ordinated program would improve control of wild dogs on private land.

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