- Record $18.6 million investment in wild dog action over four years
- Wild Dog Forum to chart the most effective spend of the funds
- WA has received just $2 million in Federal drought funding for wild dog action, compared to Queensland's $12 million
The McGowan Government will invest a record $18.6 million in wild dog activities across the State over four years to help support jobs in the pastoral industry.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will lead a Wild Dog Forum with key industry stakeholders this Friday (September 15) to chart the most effective expenditure of these funds.
Ms MacTiernan has called on the Federal Government to match the State Government's funding commitment and to address the shortfall in funding for Western Australia in this space.
The McGowan Government has already locked in $2.36 million to employ an additional eight doggers to work with biosecurity groups across the rangelands to control wild dogs over the next three years.
Another $90,000 will be invested in a veterinary graduate program to sterilise dogs in remote communities to help stop the spread of the wild dog population, with expansion of the program under consideration.
Other initiatives to be considered for funding at the forum include exclusion fencing and extending and repairing sections of the State Barrier Fence.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Wild dogs are estimated to cause losses of $25 million per year to rangelands sheep and goat production, limiting employment opportunities in the Murchison and other pastoral regions.
"Recognising the seriousness of this problem, we're taking immediate steps to support the industry through employing new doggers and funding sterilisation programs.
"We need to ensure that the significant funding set aside by our Government is spent in the best possible way, backed by science - our Wild Dog Forum this week will lay out those policy settings.
"Now that our Government has locked in this funding, there is absolutely no excuse for Barnaby Joyce to continue to discriminate against WA in Federal funding - WA has received just $2 million from the Federal Government for wild dog activities, while Queensland has received $12 million in the last three years."
Minister's office - 6552 6200