- $1.5 million over two years from 2017–18 to assist Western Australia with wild dog management capacity building activities.
- $1 million over two years from 2017–18 for wild dog control across drought-affected areas of WA.
- On top of more than $3.4 million the Australian Government has already committed to pest animal and weed control across both programs in WA in 2015–16 and 2016–17.
- $600,000 over two years to trial Indigenous Rangers managing wild dogs and other pest animals in Western Australia.
Landholders and farmers in O’Connor will soon be better equipped to tackle the scourge of wild dogs thanks to $2.5 million in federal funding for increased control measures across Western Australia and an additional $600,000 in funding for Indigenous rangers.
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the funding would help combat the economic and emotional impact of wild dogs, which have decimated the small livestock industry in the Goldfields.
“Wild dogs cause terrible distress for farmers and pastoralists by killing livestock, reducing farm profits and causing emotional anguish,” he said.
“It’s estimated they cost our agriculture sector up to $89 million each year through livestock losses, control measures and disease transmission – many pastoralists have abandoned the sheep industry because of the constant threat posed by wild dogs.
“There’s a $1.5 million project which will contribute to the Western Australian Action Plan by supporting landholders to increase their capacity to manage wild dogs, including by working more effectively with industry and community biosecurity groups.
“A further $1 million will enable the Western Australian Government to provide contestable grants for regionally based and managed wild dog fencing projects.”
Mr Wilson broke the news to Ross Wood of the WA Wild Dog Alliance yesterday, who said the funding was a welcome addition to the money committed under the State Government’s Wild Dog Action Plan.
An additional $600,000 has been committed for a trial to draw on the expertise of Indigenous ranger groups, many which already deliver feral animal control, on top of resource management activities including weed control, biodiversity protection and fire management.
“This builds on the $660,000 the Federal Government allocated to the Goldfields Indigenous Rangers Programme last year and reaffirms our commitment to helping young Aboriginal people enter the workforce,” Mr Wilson said.
“Under the pilot, Indigenous rangers will receive specific training to undertake the wild dog control activities on the ground, in ways that utilise their traditional knowledge and land management skills.
“The activities will align with the National Wild Dog Action Plan, WA Wild Dog Action Plan and complement the WA government and individual landholder responsibilities for wild dog management, such as baiting and trapping.”
- Through the White Paper funding, the Australian Government is today announcing a further $2.5 million for wild dog management activities in Western Australia over two years from 2017–18 to 2018–19.
- The WA Government is receiving $2.43 million under the Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative for 2015‑16 and 2016‑17, allocated across six projects.
- This is on top of $500,000 already provided to Western Australia under the White Paper in 2015–16 for pest animal and weed management in drought-affected areas, and $500,000 committed in 2016–17 to undertake wild dog, cacti and feral pig control in the Mid West region.
- The Western Australian Government has committed up to $20 million to implement the actions in Western Australia’s Wild Dog Action Plan.
- For more information visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/pest-animals-and-weeds
- The Australian Government has committed $352 million for Indigenous rangers from 2013 to 2018. Funding for Indigenous rangers has been extended through to June 2020.
- This Australian Government commitment funds about 783 full time equivalent ranger positions across 110 ranger teams nationally.
- Currently over 2,000 Indigenous people are employed in full-time, part-time and casual ranger jobs, supported by funding from the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy