Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Mid-West receives $780,000 nature conservation boost

    28/10/2010 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Donna Faragher today announced $780,000 towards priority biodiversity conservation projects in the Mid-West.


    The projects are part of a $3.75million targeted investment by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in 2010-11 to implement projects for the conservation of Western Australia's native plants, animals and ecosystems.


    Mrs Faragher said the Mid-West had outstanding ecological and landscape diversity, but there were also significant threats to these values.


    “It is important we protect this biologically-rich area from threatening processes while at the same time upgrading and maintaining infrastructure in remote areas,” she said.


    “Among the projects in the Mid-West is $100,000 to address high-priority infrastructure work on Mid-West rangelands properties that accommodate caretakers and visiting DEC science and conservation staff.”


    Pest animal control will also feature in this year’s program, building on the work already being undertaken and funded through DEC’s Mid-West region.


    “An extra $40,000 will be used to reduce the threat of wild dogs on DEC-managed land and unallocated Crown land in the Gascoyne and Murchison through shooting by experienced dogging contractors and the use of 1080 ground baits,” the Minister said.


    “Wild dogs have long been a problem in the rangelands, as they cause significant loss of income to pastoralists through livestock losses, and DEC is working with landowners, the Department of Agriculture and Food, local shires, and indigenous communities to control wild dogs in areas where they pose the biggest threat.


    “The program is underpinned by DEC’s ‘Good Neighbour Policy’, which is designed to build and maintain good relations with the department’s neighbours as well as involve DEC as an active land manager within the rangelands communities.”


    Other projects consistent with DEC’s ‘Good Neighbour Policy’ include the establishment of working groups to include neighbouring pastoralists in the management of proposed rangelands reserves, and the management of straying stock through boundary fencing.


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