Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Funding secured to support wild dog control

    14/08/2015 6:00 AM
     
    • $1.13 million to help deliver the State Government's wild dog action plan

    The State Government has welcomed $1.13 million from the Federal Government to support strategic wild dog control in Western Australia and nationally.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said industry was working towards a comprehensive plan to better respond to wild dogs in Western Australia.

     

    "Wild dogs have a devastating impact on livestock and farm enterprises in pastoral areas and adjoining parts of the agricultural region," Mr Baston said.

     

    The recently formed steering committee for the Western Australian Wild Dog Action Plan is working on a comprehensive plan to co-ordinate and prioritise activities.

     

    "After negotiations with the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, the State Government has secured $1.13 million, which will be committed to strategic wild dog control efforts," the Minister said.

     

    Mr Baston said the action plan, expected to be completed in November, would identify priority activities which would help determine where the funds would be most effective.

     

    "Part of this process will include consultation with the range of stakeholders including landholders, industry, government and community representatives," he said.

     

    "I commend those involved in the group on their commitment towards finding a more strategic approach to combating wild dogs."

     

    The Minister said the wild dog issue was attracting considerable industry and government funding.

     

    "I stress the need for co-ordination, industry leadership, prioritisation of effort and funding application to areas that will have the maximum impact," he said.

     

    Mr Baston added that a $100,000 component of the funds would be allocated as WA's contribution towards implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan.

     

    Fact File

    • The recently formed steering committee is developing a strategic WA action plan to co-ordinate and prioritise efforts to better address the devastating impacts wild dogs have on livestock industries
    • The group is being chaired by Gascoyne pastoralist Justin Steadman
    • Development of the Wild Dog Action Plan is being supported through the Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, funded by Royalties for Regions and led by the Department of Agriculture and Food

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