Minister rejects dingo approach
SUSTAINABILITY Minister Kate Jones last night dismissed an Opposition report recommending a “humane approach” to dingo management on Fraser Island.
“A compilation of other people's ideas is not a policy,” she said, responding to the report released in parliament by Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Glen Elmes.
The Member for Noosa, Mr Elmes, said the report was the result of a discussion paper opened for public comment earlier this year.
He claimed information used to make up the final report came from many sources including 22 formal submissions, a community forum at Hervey Bay, several inspection trips to Fraser Island to speak with locals and many one-on-one and telephone conversations.
Mr Elmes told parliament he had seen “nearly all” of the autopsy reports on dingo deaths on the island where, he claimed, causes of death included starvation, being run over and poison.
“One autopsy lists under probable cause of death – ‘rifleitis' while another states ‘half an ounce of hot lead',” he said.
“I have come to understand that this state department, the administrator of the island, is at best incompetent and at worst, duplicitous in overseeing the systematic destruction of our native dog.”
Ms Jones rejected the Elmes report, saying it showed how out of touch the LNP was.
“After 12 months, Mr Elmes has failed to deliver anything new but instead is repeating his call for people to feed dingoes,” she said.
“Feeding dingoes has been rejected by respected conservation groups the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation, National Parks Association Queensland and the Wilderness Society.”
She said the government was working with local organisations, scientific experts and the tourism industry to deliver real improvements to protect Fraser Island's World Heritage values.
“Frankly, Mr Elmes has shown he has no ability or interest in providing real alternatives.”