Bite for dog fight

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

More bite has been put in WA’s wild dog con­trol pro­grams. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced $1.13 mil­lion in fund­ing for the State Gov­ern­ment’s wild dog con­trol ef­forts.

Du­rack MP Melissa Price said it was only fair for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to be pro­vid­ing more fund­ing for wild dog erad­i­ca­tion in WA.

“The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced some fund­ing for dog erad­i­ca­tion for the east coast and my ar­gu­ment is if you’re do­ing it there it is only fair to do it (in WA) too,” she said.

“Wild dogs are de­stroy­ing thou­sands of live­stock an­nu­ally, cost­ing mil­lions of dol­lars at the hands of pro­duc­ers and de­stroy­ing lives.

“I will be con­tin­u­ing to lobby for more fund­ing for WA pas­toral­ists — many of whom are in dire straits aris­ing from the im­pact of wild dogs.”

Ms Price said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should be sup­port­ing pas­toral­ists in the fight against wild dogs in “any event”, not just drought con­di­tions.

The fund­ing fol­lowed the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­fusal to fund the ap­pli­ca­tion for the South­ern Ran­ge­lands dog fence.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton said the re­cently formed steer­ing com­mit­tee for the Western Aus­tralian Wild Dog Ac­tion Plan was work­ing on a plan to bet­ter re­spond to wild dogs.

“Part of this process will in­clude con­sul­ta­tion with the range of stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing land­hold­ers, in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” he said. “I com­mend those in­volved in the group on their com­mit­ment.

“I stress the need for co-or­di­na­tion, in­dus­try lead­er­ship, pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of ef­fort and fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Mr Bas­ton said the ac­tion plan was ex­pected to be com­pleted in Novem­ber.

WA has re­ceived Fed­eral fund­ing for wild dog erad­i­ca­tion pro­grams, com­ple­ment­ing State Gov­ern­ment ef­forts.

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