Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan
Extension Of Historic State Barrier Fence Begins
Victor P Taffa
- 660 Km extension of the State Barrier Fence to Esperance begins
- $6.9 Million McGowan Government investment to protect farming properties from wild dog impacts
Long- awaited extension of the historic State Barrier Fence has begun and will create a 660 Km boundary protecting south-eastern farming properties from the impact of wild dogs and emus.
“Wild dogs have loomed large for a number of years as an existential threat to sheep farming in the Esperance and Ravensthorpe regions.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.
“We have seen State Government work with industry, Federal and local governments to provide a funded fencing solution so farmers can take advantage of booming sheep meat and wool prices.”
Project is backed by a $6.9 Million McGowan Government investment and is part of a broad range of measures to support the Western Australian livestock industry to combat wild dogs. Contributions have also been made by Federal and local governments.
“Livestock prices are at all-time highs and it is encouraging to see livestock returning to our farming systems.” Agriculture Region MLC Darren West said.
“As a farmer myself, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that wild dogs have on livestock and emus on crops.”
Project will allow the State’s Barrier Fence to run 1,850 km, from the Zuytdorp cliffs north of Kalbarri to Condingup east of Esperance.
Original sections of the State Barrier Fence were built between 1902 and 1907, to stop rabbits moving across from the east. Today, the fence plays an important role in preventing the entry of wild dogs and emus from the rangelands into the agricultural region of Western Australia.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is coordinating the construction of the 1.35 metre-high fence, after final environmental approval was granted in April.
Construction is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete.