Stance on dingoes must be changed

GATHERED together to show their concern for the dingoes of Fraser Island, member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen addressed the crowd and warned that the purest strain of dingo in Australia could become the next Tasmanian tiger if dingo management on the island didn't change.

Dingo Day was held at Apex Park in Hervey Bay yesterday and several volunteers walked around educating the crowd while Mr Sorensen delivered his address.

There was also singing, dancing and story-telling from the Butchulla community, relating traditional tales of Fraser Island and the dingoes.

Ensuring the dingoes' future should be a priority but questioned the State Government's management policies, he said.

“Every time a dingo looks at someone they are destroyed.”

Mr Sorensen said the dingoes were an important part of what brought people to Fraser Island.

“Let's be proud of what we've got.”

Malcolm Kilpatrick, who helped organised the event, also spoke yesterday.

“Ten or more (dingoes) have been killed on the island - and that's 10 too many,” he said.

Mr Kilpatrick said it was great to see so many people out in support of the dingoes.

“We have to make people aware of the plight of the dingoes.

“That is why we are having this awareness day.”

Butchulla elder Marie Wilkinson also spoke, saying she would do everything she could to fight for the dingoes.

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