Bite for dog fight
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.