The Carpenter Government today announced a further $66,500 would be available this year for wild dog control in the Wheatbelt.
The funding will be provided under Saving our Species, the Government’s two-year, $15million biodiversity conservation initiative aimed at protecting Western Australia’s plants, animals and ecosystems.
Environment Minister David Templeman said control work would continue to minimise the impact of dingoes, domestic dogs that had gone feral and crossbreeds on livestock adjacent to unallocated Crown land.
“The high level of success in wild dog control currently evident in the Wheatbelt demonstrates the positive outcomes of government agencies and landowners working closely together,” Mr Templeman said.
“It is important that we act now to continue to build on this success.
“The latest Saving our Species funding will employ a second Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) dogger, who will work to maintain a ‘dog free’ buffer adjacent to agricultural properties.
“It will also support two aerial baiting programs in the eastern and south-eastern Wheatbelt that follow on from a similar baiting program run earlier this year.
“These will be joint programs between DEC and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).”
Agriculture Minister Kim Chance said the Government was committed to reducing the risk wild dogs posed to the region’s agricultural industry.
Since 2000/01, the State Government has spent $17.33million on wild dog control, through DAFWA ($14.34million) and DEC ($2.99million) on unallocated crown land.
“The baiting will assist landholders to control wild dogs that have been killing livestock, particularly in areas bordering pastoral leases, unallocated Crown land and nature reserves in the eastern Wheatbelt.”
Mr Chance said he encouraged private landholders to undertaking baiting on their properties and to work with DEC and DAFWA to ensure control work had the greatest possible impact on wild dog numbers.
This year’s funding takes the total amount committed to wild dog control in the wheatbelt under Saving our Species to $123,000 over two years. Saving our Species funding is in addition to recurrent funds provided by DEC and DAFWA.
Environment Minister’s office: 9220 5050
Agriculture Minister’s office: 9213 6700