Environment and Water Resources: Killing of Animals

Senator Bartlett (Queensland) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, upon notice, on 22 February 2007:

(1)
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.
(2)
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.
(3)
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).
(4)
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.
(5)
Does the department assess the effectiveness of these organisation’s activities in terms of addressing the perceived problem.
(6)
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.
Answer
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:

(1)
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.
(2)
Yes. (a) Listed at Table A. (b) Listed at Table A.
(3)
(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.

(b)
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.
(4) (a)
, (b) and (c) See the answer to (3)(a) above.
(5)
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.
(6) (a)
(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.
Table A

Application Title
Primarily/Partially
Organisation Name
Total

“Burragarra” – The Returning
Primarily
Friends of the Gippsland Lakes Parks and Reserves Inc
$15,350

Arid Recovery
Partially
Friends of the Arid Recovery Project
$15,320

Berry’s Bridge Project
Partially
Carapooee Landcare Group
$11,460

Biodiversity Enhancement, Feral Animal and Weed Control Program, Keera
Partially
Keera Landcare Group
$9,046

Bombay Drought Recovery – Protecting Land, Water and Biodiversity
Partially
Bombay Landcare Incorporated
$11,010

Boogardie Station Waters with Yards to Control Livestock and Feral Animals
Partially
Guymon Pty Ltd
$36,494

Bruie Plains Landcare Drought Recovery Project
Partially
Bruie Plains Landcare Group Inc.
$27,273

Buffers and Links – Landcare Action to Protect the Pyrete Forest
Partially
Gisborne Landcare Group
$17,707

Cape York 2006 – Weeds and Feral Animal Control
Partially
Cape York Peninsula Development Association
$580,000

Conservation Zone for the Threatened Diamond Firetail Finch
Partially
Victorian YMCA Accommodation Services Pty Ltd
$8,318

Cross Regional Feral Animal Management
Primarily
Rangelands Integrated NRM Group
$392,000

Daintree Community Feral Pig Trapping Program
Primarily
Douglas Shire Joint Venture Partnership
$45,455

Enhancing and Maintaining the Bush Family Reserve
Partially
Trust for Nature (Victoria)
$8,488

Eungai Bird Sanctuary & Erosion Control Project
Partially
Eungai Landcare Group Inc
$5,800

Eurobodalla Feral Control Program
Primarily
Bingi Landcare
$26,818

Feral Animal Control in the VRD region
Primarily
Victoria River District Conservation Association Inc
$99,540

Implementation of Edi-Black Range Local Area Plan
Partially
Edi-Black Range Catchment Group Inc.
$17,859

Implementation of the Warby Range Local Area Plan – Lower Ovens
Partially
Warby Range Landcare and Rabbit Control Group
$21,000

Implementing Bioregional Planning in the Broken Riverine Plains
Partially
South Yarrawonga Landcare Group Inc.
$27,455

Land and Water Protection and Regeneration of Barker Creek
Partially
The Trustee for A A Barker Trust
$38,277

Loddon River Riparian and Water Quality Protection
Partially
Kinyipanial Landcare Group
$29,920

Management of the Calperum and Taylorville Stations
Partially
The Australian Landcare Trust
$3,200

Management of the Unique Everard Ranges Utilizing Traditional Knowledge
Partially
Mimili Community Incorporated
$20,503

Melton Gilgai Woodlands Nature Conservation Reserve Restoration Project
Partially
Friends of Toolern Creek
$33,713

Narrowneck Remnant Habitat Restoration Project
Partially
Main Beach Progress Association Inc.
$5,629

Native Fish Habitat Restoration in the Angus River Catchment
Partially
Angas River Catchment Group Inc.
$27,096

Numbla Vale Coordinated Rabbit Control Control Program
Primarily
Upper Snowy Landcare Committee Inc
$43,636

On-ground Cane Toad Control Work in the Kimberley Region of WA
Primarily
Kimberley Toad Busters
$224,957

Protecting the Western Mallee-Kukerin, Western Australia
Partially
Dumbleyung Bush Carers
$17,451

Protection of Biodiversity Values from the Impact of Rabbits
Primarily
Millewa Carwarp Landcare Group
$41,956

Protection of Significant Wetlands, Waterways and Threatened Vegetation
Partially
Burramine/Tungamah Land Management Group
$29,350

Rangelands Action Project
Primarily
Rangelands Integrated NRM Group
$695,750

Rejuvenating Old Grazing Land on Small Holdings in the Upper Snowy
Partially
Upper Snowy Landcare Committee Incorporated
$11,250

Revegetation of Lot 1 Pt Sec 421 Hd Burdett
Partially
Brukunga Combined Pistol and Shooting Club Inc
$16,765

Sabina River Restoration Demonstration Site – On-ground Works
Partially
Geographe Catchment Council Incorporated (GeoCatch)
$6,591

The Eighties Subdivisions
Partially
Highlands Landcare
$15,000

The Island Restoration Project
Partially
Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers
$37,682

The Restoration of Pterostylis Cucullata Habitat at Bushland Park
Partially
Threatened Plant Action Group
$5,385

Woodland Bird and Mammal Recovery
Partially
Peechelba – Boomahnoomoonah – Wilby Landcare Group Inc.
$29,150

Wooroolin Community ‘Protecting Our Wetland’ Project, Queensland
Partially
Wooroolin Community Committee Incorporated
$18,908

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