- McGowan Government funding to build wild dog-proof fence in the Murchison
- Project will strengthen regional efforts to combat wild dogs and reinvigorate pastoral businesses creating new jobs in the Murchison
The McGowan Government will invest $550,000 towards the construction of a vermin fence in the Murchison region as part of its ongoing commitment to action on wild dogs.
The landholder-proposed fence builds on the State Barrier Fence and existing vermin fences to enclose and protect small livestock such as sheep and goats from wild dog attacks.
The proposed Murchison regional vermin fence will enclose 52 pastoral stations in a wild dog-proof cell.
Murchison Regional Vermin Council will lead the project and pastoralists will contribute matching funding towards construction of the fence and will support ongoing maintenance.
The funding is additional to the $4 million Rangelands Cell Fencing Program announced last month and currently open to pastoral groups.
This project has been advanced separately as it falls between State Barrier Fence and cell fencing schemes.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Wild dogs have devastated small livestock in the Murchison, destroying businesses, threatening jobs and putting real pressure on regional communities.
"The Murchison Regional Vermin Cell will help pastoralists to manage wild dogs and is a necessary first step towards reinvigorating the pastoral industry in the Murchison to create job opportunities across the region.
"Importantly, the Murchison Regional Vermin Council has committed to employing local Aboriginal people in construction of the fence to maximise the benefits of this project for the Murchison."
Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral MLC Kyle McGinn:
"Since being elected, I have been listening to constituents in the Murchison region. Their number one frustration is the scourge of wild dogs and the decimation of sheep stocks. This project will start the fightback against this destructive pest.
"The Murchison team has worked hard in formulating a business case and I want to acknowledge the thoroughness of their plan. Pastoralists suffer deeply from the damage done by wild dogs and this will continue until we engage a multifaceted approach across the region to put a stop to it."
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