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Wakool winner in Fox Dog Lotto

Bill Hulands (middle) with his grandson Charlie Chambers, Geoff Corboy (Murray Local Land Services) and Paul White (Deniliquin Yamaha).Wakool landholder Bill Hulands is the proud new owner of a boat and motor package after taking out first prize in Murray Local Land Services’ Fox Dog Lotto competition.

The major prize winners for Murray and Riverina were announced at last week’s Henty Machinery Field Days by Bronnie Taylor MLC.

The competition, designed to encourage landholders to take part in baiting programs, attracted 4000 entries across the two regions. Landholders who bought baits were automatically entered.

Mr Hulands met with Murray Local Land Services staff earlier this week to collect his prize from Deniliquin Yamaha.

A keen pest controller, Mr Hulands has been baiting foxes for 35 years.

He believes that Murray Local Land Services’ coordinated baiting programs are an effective way of controlling the pests because they involve groups of landholders baiting across a wider expanse of country.

“Anyone with sheep should definitely be involved in program,” he said.

“It’s great to be a part of. Staff come to local drop off points to meet with the group, biosecurity staff explain the baiting process, conduct risk assessments and give out the baits.”

Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy, said the Fox Dog Lotto competition had highlighted the amount of work local landholders were doing to tackle the fox problem.

“If you go simply by the number of entries alone, that’s an enormous amount of baiting that’s going on in our area,” he said.

“It’s great to see landholders banding together to help reduce the fox population because these pests do a huge amount of damage to both farms and the environment.

“It’s great to see a long-time pest controller like Bill win this competition, and I hope he enjoys his prize.”

Mr Hulands has been an enthusiastic fisherman in the past and is now looking forward to getting back on the river.

Caption: Bill Hulands (middle) with his grandson Charlie Chambers, Geoff Corboy (Murray Local Land Services) and Paul White (Deniliquin Yamaha).