The Shire of Esperance has been granted an additional $955,982 towards the state barrier fence.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Shire has been successful in receiving funding under the Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program.
The funding adds to the $1 million announced by the Morrison Government last week.
“This combined investment of $1.95 million by the Federal Government 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,” Mr Wilson said.
“Wild dogs are a huge problem in the Esperance region. We’ve seen the damage wild dogs can do and we’ve also seen how much things can improve with wild dog fencing.
“Other wildlife such as emu’s also cause thousands of dollars in damage to farmland every year.
“Lambing rates have improved out of sight where wild dog fences have been installed in other regions. Native wildlife numbers have also improved.”
Mr Wilson said the Morrison Government recognises the contribution local councils make towards the management of pests and weeds, particularly during dry conditions.
“This contribution is valued by the government, farmers and farming communities.
“I’ve worked with the Esperance Biosecurity Association for many years to secure funding for the fence extension to Esperance so I’m delighted the project will now proceed.”