Construction of the State Barrier Fence near Esperance can now commence thanks to an additional $1 million funding commitment by the Federal Government.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the additional funding for the barrier fence to help combat wild dogs in the region.
“Wild dogs cause terrible distress for farmers and pastoralists by killing livestock, reducing farm profits and causing emotional anguish,” Mr Wilson said.
“I’m thrilled with this investment to help protect livestock from wild dogs, enabling farmers to rebuild their flock numbers and restore higher levels of agricultural productivity.”
This latest commitment brings the project close to its $11 million target, with $1.5 million from the Federal Government, $6.5 million committed from the State Government, $1.5 million from the Shire of Esperance and $280,000 from the Shire of Ravensthorpe.
Mr Wilson said pest animal management, including the construction of wild dog fences, is primarily the responsibility of state and territory governments and landholders.
“I’ve worked with the Esperance Biosecurity Association for many years to secure funding for the fence extension to Esperance and have pitched the proposal to key ministers.
“This boost of $1 million will ensure the fence construction can start as soon as possible and I will continue to work with Esperance Biosecurity Assoc. to secure the remaining funds needed.”