This dingo on the beach at Fraser Island was oblivious to the debate surrounding his existance.
This dingo on the beach at Fraser Island was oblivious to the debate surrounding his existance. Contributed

Dingoes, love em' or hate ’em? Forum decides

"DINGO - friend or foe?" was the topic of a forum held yesterday at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

About 70 people interested in the co-existence between dingoes and people attended the forum to listen and debate perspectives from dingo conservationists and Fraser Coast primary producers.

Dr Arian Wallach, who founded the Dingo for Biodiversity Project, was the first to speak for the afternoon and discussed why farmers should not kill the dingoes.

"Dingoes reproduce socially and, when dingoes are being killed, they reproduce faster because there is no longer a social structure," Dr Wallach said.

"They are apex predators and keep the populations of cats, foxes and other introduced predators down."

James Hansen, a dairy cattle producer and councillor, also spoke at the forum. "It's pretty awful, catching dingoes attacking your calves, and there's got to be a balance," Cr Hansen said.

"I've shot plenty of them in the past but no one likes doing it."

The highest populations of dingoes in Australia have been found around dog fences.