The Andrews Labor Government has failed to rule out reintroducing dingoes into the Grampians National Park.
In response to a question asked in parliament by Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, the Environment Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, did not rule out reintroducing dingoes. Dingoes present a real threat to sheep and other livestock in farming areas such as those near the Grampians.
“This response is disappointing for the many sheep farmers in and around the Grampians”, Ms Staley said.
“We already have a large amount of data which demonstrates how dangerous dingoes can be to sheep. At a time when farmers are dealing with many challenges to their livelihoods, the re-introduction of dingoes to this area would be another blow.”
Ms Staley also said that the re-introduction of dingoes also fails to address concerns about biodiversity.
“The draft management plan that the government is using as the basis for this move also calls for the re-introduction of quolls, bandicoots and wallabies. These three animals are also prey for dingoes, so this would render the plan completely useless.”
“Lily D’Ambrosio and the Andrews Labor Government should reject this flawed recommendation and ensure that these apex predators are not reintroduced back into the Grampians National Park.”