More funds for control

15 Dec, 2004 10:00 PM
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THE State Government will spend an additional $300,000 on wild dog control, taking the total to $1.9 million for this financial year.

Agriculture Minister Kim Chance said the new, additional funding would be available to locally-run Zone Control Authorities (ZCAs) in wild dog hotspots around the state.

"The additional funding is important to ensure a continued planned and co-ordinated approached to wild dog management across the state," Mr Chance said.

"The first $20,000 instalment of the additional funding was recently made through the Kalgoorlie ZCA to enhance a control program at Sandstone.

"Decisions on where to spend the additional funds will be made by the Agriculture Protection Board and ZCA board members on the ground in the Goldfields, eastern and south eastern Wheatbelt and other ongoing problem areas.

"In the end, the ZCAs are those best-placed to make the decisions on the application of the funds."

Mr Chance said the funds would address issues raised in the draft Wild Dog Management Strategy including research, monitoring, co-ordinated community control, evaluation and reporting of wild dog activity and state-wide planning.

"Some of the new funds could also be used by ZCAs to help employ the three new doggers who recently completed the State Government's pilot training course.

"While wild dog control is a matter for each landowner, the State Government has an ongoing commitment to help pastoralists tackle this perennial problem."

Mr Chance said the State Government was also progressing the upgrade of high-risk sections of the State Barrier Fence to a standard that would exclude wild dogs.

"Research is also continuing into bait attractants and there are also plans to increase the training of landholders in best practice control techniques," he said.

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