Grants for dog fence

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Pastoralists gathering at a yard.
Camera IconPastoralists gathering at a yard. Credit: KPCA

Local pastoral groups are being encouraged to apply for a new grant program to build exclusion fencing to keep out wild dogs.

Groups will be able to apply for grants of up to $4 million for the construction of wild dog exclusion cell fences around pastoral leases to help protect sheep and goats.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the fencing would also help to rebuild dwindling sheep numbers and support local meat processors.

“Wild dogs are estimated to cause losses of $25 million per year to rangelands sheep and goat production. Stock deaths and injuries can be traumatic for land-holders and regional communities,” she said.

Ms MacTiernan said keeping wild dogs at bay with exclusion fencing would enable pastoralists to re-establish small stock such as sheep and goats on their pastoral stations.

“This grant program will help us determine whether cell fencing can protect and renew small livestock enterprises, and deliver a sustained benefit to industry and regional communities in Western Australia,” she said.

The program is funded by the State Government through Royalties for Regions, and the Australian Government.

Further details of the two-year funding program are available at agric.wa.gov.au.

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