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Federal funding for wild-dog control plan

Federal members for both the Liberal and National party were at the Moresby Ranges at the weekend to announce $2.5 million in wild-dog control funding.

The program will be split two ways, with $1.5 million going to landholders to assist with their own dog-control efforts, and the additional $1 million creating a program that will fund wild-dog fencing in problem areas.

National Party Federal deputy leader Fiona Nash flew in from New South Wales to make the announcement, and said she knew what an enormous impact wild dogs had on farmers and pastoralists - particularly the harm they caused to stock.

"As a farmer myself, I understand how important it is that we do control feral animals, as they have significant impact on productivity and, of course, on farmers income," she said.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said she had been lobbying to get funding for the wild dog issue in rural WA since her election.

"I'm pleased our tireless advocacy has paid off, however the announcement is only a start to address the issue and will continue to fight for greater funding," she said.

WA Nationals' candidate for Geraldton Paul Brown said this funding would join with $17 million in previous Royalties for Regions funding for dog control.

"As someone who is involved and invested in the industry, and also being the previous member for the Agriculture region I know personally the impact of wild dogs, particularly in the small stock industry of sheep and goats," he said.

"Not only is there an economic impact but there is also a social and environmental impact.

"We welcome any funding from the Federal Government that increase the capacity of the pastoralists themselves, and their capacity for things like baiting, doggers and also being able to use innovative techniques (like drones) to control dogs." Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the funding would help lessen both the economic and emotional toll of wild dogs.

"(Wild dogs) are estimated to cost our agriculture sector up to $89 million each year with direct costs from livestock losses, control measures and disease transmission," he said.

Source: Midwest Times.

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