Analysis for fence

22 Dec, 2005 07:00 PM
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A COST benefit analysis for a proposed bio-security fence in WA will be done by agricultural and pastoral consultant Alan Peggs.

The Pastoral and Graziers Association (PGA) and Mr Peggs signed a contract last week, authorising Mr Peggs to investigate the cost associated with the proposed fence.

The fence would run from Port Hedland, south to Kalgoorlie and east to Mundrabilla on the Nullabor.

According to the PGA, the wild dog problem has been escalating in WA since the original rabbit proof fence was abandoned in 1952.

In his expression of interest to the PGA, Mr Peggs said the fence would provide many benefits to WA.

"It would provide a new barrier between existing pastoral areas and vacant Crown land," Mr Peggs said.

"This in turn would prevent the incursion of wild dogs and other feral animals (camels, donkeys, goats) into the pastoral areas.

"It would make it easier to control existing populations of wild dogs and other feral animals within the area between existing bio-security (vermin proof) fence and the proposed new fence."

Mr Peggs said the fence would help in the conservation of the dingo and might help prevent cane toads spreading.

He said it could play a major role in preventing the spread of livestock diseases from the east into WA.

PGA president Sandy McTaggart said they had received interest from Aboriginal communities for construction and maintenance of the proposed fence.

The fence could cost $30 million - a figure which could see a levy introduced on pastoralists and farmers, as both would benefit from the fence.

A presentation detailing Mr Pegg's findings will be made at the PGA conference next year.

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