After the first round of grant funding, the Implementation Committee identified a number of research focus areas which had not been addressed, and agreed to provide funding to Dr Mick Statham to set up a team at the
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
(TIA), with whom DPIPWE has a co-operative research arrangement in place, to address some of these gaps.
In early 2008 $290,000 was originally provided to address work relating to the effectiveness of fencing, repellents and trapping. This funding covered the costs of a full-time research officer within TIAR for 24 months, 50% FTE funding to pay for Helen Statham to work part time on this Program; and $50,000 for direct field and research supplies required to implement the Program.
A further $90,000 was provided in November 2008 to extend this program to include work into Feratox™ and behavioural research and seedling stockings. This funding covered the cost of a second research officer for 12 months, additional work carried out by Helen Statham, plus associated vehicle and field supplies to carry out the expanded research Program.
Approximately $7000 was later paid to TIA to retain the services of Helen Statham to undertake final report preparation for the Program.
As part of the joint venture agreement, approximately 50% of Dr Mick Statham's time was spent on the Program for the 2 year period, with his salary funding provided by TIAR.
Key projects and deliverables undertaken by the TIA Research Team included:
Johannsohn N. (2010)
Draft Cattle grid report
, report to The Alternatives to 1080 Program, January 2010
Statham M, Statham HL. (2010)
Feratox® poisoning trials conducted in Tasmania Report to the Alternatives to 1080 Program
Statham M, Statham H, Dolbey B, Fish R. (2010)
Eucalyptus nitens seedling browsing trials
, Report to the Alternatives to the Use of 1080 Program, May 2010