Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Industry funding for wild dogs welcomed

    11/12/2019 9:00 AM
     
    • Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme launches $2.25 million grant scheme for wild dog control in dog-fenced areas
    • Industry-led initiative complements McGowan Government's $17.28 million investment in wild dog fencing across WA

    Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed an industry-funded wild dog eradication program focused on control in dog-fenced parts of the State.

     

    The McGowan Government is investing $17.28 million in wild dog fencing projects across the State:

    • $6.9 million for the State Barrier Fence Esperance extension;
    • $4.58 million on cell fences in Kalgoorlie, Carnarvon and the Murchison; and
    • $5.8 million on repairs and maintenance of the State Barrier Fence.

    The Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee has today launched a $2.25 million grant program to support eradication of wild dogs within fenced areas.

     

    Grants of up to $600,000 for activities spanning three years (maximum of $200,000 per year) are available to applicants, starting in 2020.

     

    The Sheep and Goat IFS is an industry-funded scheme authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.

     

    Western Australian sheep and goat producers contribute 15 cents to the scheme from every sheep and goat that they sell.

     

    More information about the criteria, guidelines and application process is available on the DPIRD website, http://www.agric.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "Our fencing programs are rolling out across the State, with works underway on the State Barrier Fence Esperance extension, maintenance on the fence well advanced, and cell fences under construction in the Murchison and Goldfields.

     

    "This industry-led grant program is a fantastic initiative that complements our investment in fencing, helping to ensure dogs inside the fenced zone are controlled and eradicated.

     

    "Industry Funding Schemes are a critical tool for industry to drive investment in the areas it sees as highest priority, and we congratulate the Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee for their leadership.

     

    "Government and industry is working hand in hand to deliver the best outcomes for our sheep farmers across the State."

     

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