BREAKING | State Government Doubles Dingo Feeding Fines!!!
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It has been revealed that the State Government has doubled the fines for intentionally feeding Fraser Island dingoes to $10,000.
There have been three attacks reported since January, including a Cairns boy. Over Easter, a toddler was taken from his family's camper trailer.
Environment Leeanne Enoch announced a range of new measures on Friday.
Currently the fine for intentionally feeding or disturbing dingoes ranges from a minimum $391 to $5222 per offence.
Under the proposal, fines would be increased to a minimum $2088 and double the maximum fine to $10,444 per offence.
The Minister held talks with the Butchulla people on Friday and announced that the State Government will be working in partnership with the Butchulla people to ramp up safety, education and compliance measures.
The Minister announced:
• higher penalties for people who intentionally feed dingoes,
• new fenced camping sites (including in popular beach front areas), and
• a new Butchulla community education ranger position to help educate visitors.
Minister Enoch said “People need to be aware that feeding dingoes can have significant and serious consequences".
“Rangers and traditional custodians do a great job in informing visitors to be dingo-safe.
“Increasing fines for those who deliberately disturb dingoes or feed them sends a very clear message about how dangerous the practice is.
Ms Enoch said work had already commenced to scope out potential sites for new fenced areas that could be constructed on K’gari to provide more enclosed campsites and improved safety for visitors.
“We are evaluating options for a greater number of camping areas in popular locations that are not accessible for dingoes,” she told media.
“Six fines were issued to people over the Easter weekend, under the existing fine structure, for not properly securing food,” the Minister said.
“The new measures announced today come on top of the review of the Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy Implementation Plan.
“That plan outlines the on-ground actions to reduce negative interactions between dingoes and people and promote communication, education and the conservation of the K’gari dingoes.
“The review will look at how we can improve our messaging further with the assistance of our Butchulla partners.
“We want to ensure visitors and dingoes can co-exist on K’gari.
“Our knowledge and experience will greatly assist the government with on-ground management of issues, such as visitor education, visitor safety and the conservation of the Wongari.
“A proposed community education ranger within the BAC will enable the traditional owners to better influence the management of K’gari and the review of the Dingo Strategy Implementation Plan.”
The new measures come on top of the review of the Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy Implementation Plan.
A proposed community education ranger, within the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, will enable the traditional owners to better influence the management of K’gari and the review of the Dingo Strategy Implementation Plan.