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Hunters target wild dog controls in lead up to State poll

FRUSTRATION at what she describes as ineffective wild dog controls has prompted a South Grafton recreational hunter to make the matter political.

Amy Brown has called a meeting for next week, inviting candidates for the March 23 state election at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club, to discuss ways to improve control methods for wild dogs in the Clarence Valley.

Ms Brown said Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Shooters, Farmers and Fishers Party candidate Steve Cansdell and Independent Debrah Novak have all accepted the invitation.

"The only ones outstanding (as of Wednesday) were Labor's Trent Gilbert and the Greens' Greg Clancy," Ms Brown said.

"We welcome all members of the community to come along and express their concerns, problems, issues and ideas.

"Please join us to help our community implement more effective wild dog controls."

Ms Brown and partner Mat are keen amateur hunters, but her concerns about the issue reached a crescendo last year when wild dogs attacked a farming family's pet horse at Fortis Creek last March so savagely it was euthanised.

"It was the hardest thing, those kids having to say good-bye to their pet," she said.

Another horse on the property was also attacked and had to be put down.

The silver lining for the region was Ms Brown and her partner were able to hunt down the dogs and she said there have been no more attacks in the region since.

She said this result emphasised that hunting wild dogs could be an effective control method.

The meeting will be held at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club at 6.30pm on Wednesday February 27.

Who will you vote for in the seat of Clarence at the 2019 NSW Election?

This poll ended on 22 March 2019.

Current Results

STEVE CANSDELL - Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

31%

GREG CLANCY - Greens

4%

TRENT GILBERT - Labor

21%

CHRIS GULAPTIS - Nationals

29%

THOM KOTIS - Sustainable Australia

0%

DEBRAH NOVAK - Independent

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.