Aerial shot of Broken Hill in NSW

Western Tracks collaring project

The Western Tracks project has been driven by landholders and stakeholders who want to develop a better understanding of wild dog and feral pig movements in the Western region of NSW.

In mid-2019, following extensive consultation with landholders and other stakeholders, the project was voted on and ultimately, endorsed at pest animal forums in Broken Hill and Tilpa. Following this, consultation with landholders and stakeholders continued during the planning phase of the project, with on-ground project work commencing in the second half of 2020.

Work underway

The trapping and fitting of GPS collars on feral pigs commenced in spring 2020, with 30 feral pigs collared by the end of the year. The trapping and fitting of GPS collars of wild dogs commenced in autumn 2021, with seven wild dogs initially collared. Work to collar more wild dogs, as well as feral pigs, continued in spring 2021.

Ute driving up to a farm entrance that has biosecurity signs on the fence
What is Western Tracks?

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wild dog in western NSW with a tracking collar around its neck
Wild dog monitoring

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Resource library and further information

A number of resources have been developed to inform stakeholders of the project and answer some general questions.

Additionally, updates on the progress of the project are provided via a number channels including:

  • Western Local Land Services’ monthly e-newsletter
  • 2WEB Outback Radio Talking Wild Dog segment (Thursday mornings)
  • media releases
  • directly to collar donors
  • pest management groups and Landcare groups.

You can view the latest news and newsletters from Western Local Land Services, which includes project updates.

If you’d like further on the information above, or the project more generally, contact the project team by:

Phone: 1300 795 299 (Mon-Fri during business hours)

Send an enquiry through our online form.

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