Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Wild dogs target of southern rangeland funds

    29/06/2015 11:30 AM
    • $100,000 State Government funding to improve wild dog control
    • Support for groups in Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Goldfields-Nullarbor 

    The State Government will direct funding to support biosecurity groups in the southern rangelands in a community-wide approach to controlling wild dogs.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said $100,000 had been allocated to support Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) in Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Goldfields-Nullarbor.


    "Wild dogs are the highest priority for these southern rangelands groups in terms of pest control," Mr Baston said.


    "Uncontrolled wild dogs have a substantial impact on pastoral businesses.


    "Through this program these RBGs will be able to target wild dog control methods to suit their unique challenges and provide feedback on the success of the tactics used."


    Funding for the Wild Dog Management Program is made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and is part of the $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, led by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.


    The funds will be available equally between the three RBGs.  Each group will be asked to propose their preferred new initiative for wild dog control, including consideration of incentives such as a bounty.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman acknowledged the importance of agricultural and pastoral production communities to Western Australia's economy.


    "It is vital to equip these regional communities with wild dog preventive measures to ensure the sustainability of livestock production," Mr Redman said.


    "This Royalties for Regions investment will assist in creating increased business and development opportunities that will deliver greater economic and social benefits to regional Western Australia."


    Fact File

    • RBGs allow local landholders to work together to target priority pests
    • RBGs can receive funds raised through a declared pest rate which is matched equally by the State Government
    • The $20 million Royalties for Regions-funded Boosting Biosecurity Defences project is part of the State Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity initiative to strengthen and support the agriculture and food sector 

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700