Senator Bartlett (Queensland) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, upon notice, on 22 February 2007:
Does the department provide funding to non-government organisations whose objectives or activities include the culling of either native or introduced animals living in the wild; if so, can details be provided of the: (a) names of the organisations; (b) amount of funding; and (c) names of the funding programs.
Do any of these organisations qualify for funding either primarily or partially on the basis that their objectives or activities include the killing of animals (for example, pest control); if so, which organisations receive these moneys: (a) primarily; or (b) partially, on this basis.
What steps does the department take, prior to paying these moneys, to ensure that any killing of animals undertaken will be: (a) conducted humanely; and (b) economically cost effective, (for example, if moneys are paid to an organisation to assist it with the killing of cane toads, what steps are taken to ensure that: (i) the toads are killed as quickly and painlessly as possible, and (ii) the killing of the cane toads will have a beneficial effect in terms of reducing the damage perceived to be caused by the toads).
Does the department provide these organisations with any guidelines and/or advice on the most humane killing techniques and methods for each particular species; if so: (a) who prepares these guidelines and/or advice; (b) on what information and expert advice is it based; and (c) in what form are the guidelines and/or advice provided.
Does the department assess the effectiveness of these organisation’s activities in terms of addressing the perceived problem.
What steps does the Government take, after paying these moneys, to ensure that: (a) any killing of animals undertaken was: (i) conducted humanely, and (ii) justifiable in terms of its benefits to the Australian public; and (b) such moneys are not paid again to the same organisation for the same purpose, if any killing of animals: (i) was undertaken inhumanely, or (ii) has resulted in no discernable benefit to the Australian public.
Senator Abetz (Tasmania—Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation)—The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:
Yes. (a) Listed at Table A. (b) Listed at Table A. (c) The Australian Government Envirofund; the Natural Heritage Trust; and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
Yes. (a) Listed at Table A. (b) Listed at Table A.
My Department contracted the New South Wales Department of Agriculture to develop model codes of practice and standard operating procedures for the humane capture, handling or destruction of feral animals in Australia. The Invasive Animal Co-operative Research Centre is working with the Vertebrate Pests Committee to refine the drafts to produce documents that can be agreed nationally.
The Department is considering how these codes and operating procedures can be used to guide operations funded through its natural resource management programs.
Contracts for Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) National projects require compliance with any legislation, regulations, guidelines and/or codes of practice relating to animal welfare in force in the States or Territories where the activity is to be carried out.
Contracts for NHT Regional and Envirofund projects specify the need to comply with all national and state laws.
Project proposals are considered on their merit by assessment panels and approved by Ministers following recommendations by the Departments of the Environment and Water Resources and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Projects are expected to be based on good science and most effective and appropriate means for delivering an outcome.
, (b) and (c) See the answer to (3)(a) above.
My Department assesses the effectiveness of activities undertaken through standard milestone reporting processes. It also has statewide, regional and local level facilitators providing on-ground feedback on the effectiveness of programmes.
(i) and (ii) See the answer to (5) above. (b) (i) and (ii) Recipients known to not be operating appropriately and legally are not recommended to receive any future funding.
“Burragarra” – The Returning
Friends of the Gippsland Lakes Parks and Reserves Inc
Friends of the Arid Recovery Project
Berry’s Bridge Project
Carapooee Landcare Group
Biodiversity Enhancement, Feral Animal and Weed Control Program, Keera
Keera Landcare Group
Bombay Drought Recovery – Protecting Land, Water and Biodiversity
Bombay Landcare Incorporated
Boogardie Station Waters with Yards to Control Livestock and Feral Animals
Guymon Pty Ltd
Bruie Plains Landcare Drought Recovery Project
Bruie Plains Landcare Group Inc.
Buffers and Links – Landcare Action to Protect the Pyrete Forest
Gisborne Landcare Group
Cape York 2006 – Weeds and Feral Animal Control
Cape York Peninsula Development Association
Conservation Zone for the Threatened Diamond Firetail Finch
Victorian YMCA Accommodation Services Pty Ltd
Cross Regional Feral Animal Management
Rangelands Integrated NRM Group
Daintree Community Feral Pig Trapping Program
Douglas Shire Joint Venture Partnership
Enhancing and Maintaining the Bush Family Reserve
Trust for Nature (Victoria)
Eungai Bird Sanctuary & Erosion Control Project
Eungai Landcare Group Inc
Eurobodalla Feral Control Program
Feral Animal Control in the VRD region
Victoria River District Conservation Association Inc
Implementation of Edi-Black Range Local Area Plan
Edi-Black Range Catchment Group Inc.
Implementation of the Warby Range Local Area Plan – Lower Ovens
Warby Range Landcare and Rabbit Control Group
Implementing Bioregional Planning in the Broken Riverine Plains
South Yarrawonga Landcare Group Inc.
Land and Water Protection and Regeneration of Barker Creek
The Trustee for A A Barker Trust
Loddon River Riparian and Water Quality Protection
Kinyipanial Landcare Group
Management of the Calperum and Taylorville Stations
The Australian Landcare Trust
Management of the Unique Everard Ranges Utilizing Traditional Knowledge
Mimili Community Incorporated
Melton Gilgai Woodlands Nature Conservation Reserve Restoration Project
Friends of Toolern Creek
Narrowneck Remnant Habitat Restoration Project
Main Beach Progress Association Inc.
Native Fish Habitat Restoration in the Angus River Catchment
Angas River Catchment Group Inc.
Numbla Vale Coordinated Rabbit Control Control Program
Upper Snowy Landcare Committee Inc
On-ground Cane Toad Control Work in the Kimberley Region of WA
Kimberley Toad Busters
Protecting the Western Mallee-Kukerin, Western Australia
Dumbleyung Bush Carers
Protection of Biodiversity Values from the Impact of Rabbits
Millewa Carwarp Landcare Group
Protection of Significant Wetlands, Waterways and Threatened Vegetation
Burramine/Tungamah Land Management Group
Rangelands Action Project
Rangelands Integrated NRM Group
Rejuvenating Old Grazing Land on Small Holdings in the Upper Snowy
Upper Snowy Landcare Committee Incorporated
Revegetation of Lot 1 Pt Sec 421 Hd Burdett
Brukunga Combined Pistol and Shooting Club Inc
Sabina River Restoration Demonstration Site – On-ground Works
Geographe Catchment Council Incorporated (GeoCatch)
The Eighties Subdivisions
The Island Restoration Project
Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers
The Restoration of Pterostylis Cucullata Habitat at Bushland Park
Threatened Plant Action Group
Woodland Bird and Mammal Recovery
Peechelba – Boomahnoomoonah – Wilby Landcare Group Inc.
Wooroolin Community ‘Protecting Our Wetland’ Project, Queensland
Wooroolin Community Committee Incorporated