Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme launches $2.25 million grant scheme for wild dog control in dog-fenced areas.
Industry-led initiative complements the Western Australian Government’s $17.28 million investment in wild dog fencing across WA.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the industry-funded wild dog eradication program focused on control in dog-fenced parts of the State.
The Western Australian Government is investing $17.28 million in wild dog fencing projects across the State:
– $6.9 million for the WA State Barrier Fence Esperance extension;
– $4.58 million on cell fences in Kalgoorlie, Carnarvon and the Murchison; and
– $5.8 million on repairs and maintenance of the State Barrier Fence.
Grants of up to $600,000 for activities spanning three years (maximum of $200,000 per year) are available to applicants, starting in 2020.
The Sheep and Goat IFS is an industry-funded scheme authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.
Western Australian sheep and goat producers contribute 15 cents to the scheme from every sheep and goat that they sell.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “Our fencing programs are rolling out across the State, with works underway on the State Barrier Fence Esperance extension, maintenance on the fence well advanced, and cell fences under construction in the Murchison and Goldfields.
“This industry-led grant program is a fantastic initiative that complements our investment in fencing, helping to ensure dogs inside the fenced zone are controlled and eradicated.”
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.