Western Australia’s Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has inspected a section of the State Barrier Fence, recently upgraded to wild dog standard.
The 23km section of fence near Hyden was erected by local landholders using materials provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
“The attacks on sheep by wild dogs were having a significant impact on the livestock industry in this area,” Redman said.
“The work done to upgrade this section of the fence is a great example of the State Government working with the local community to address a very serious problem.”
Department of Agriculture and Food staff developed the innovative fence design, which provided dog-proofing at much less cost than more traditional approaches.
The Minister said a 200km section of the State Barrier Fence stretching from Narembeen to Ravensthorpe had been upgraded in the past year.
“Over the next five years, the rest of the fence will be extended and upgraded using $5.2million in Royalties for Regions funding, in partnership with local communities,” he said.
“The State Government will fund the materials for the fence and local communities will manage erecting the upgrades.
“That will mean the entire 1,675km fence, stretching from north of Geraldton to east of Esperance, will be dog-proof standard.
“There is also $3.6million in Royalties for Regions funding for strategic wild dog control, including the employment of eight extra doggers to help fill the gaps in the current coverage.
“The department estimates these measures will break the back of the dog problem and reduce their numbers to a manageable level.”