Up to $10.6 million was provided through the Royalties for Regions program for upgrades and extensions to the State Barrier Fence. Funding was allocated to:
- upgrade the existing State Barrier Fence to wild dog standard by installing lapwire to the base of the fence (completed February 2013)
- plan and construct the 170km ‘Yilgarn Gap’ in the State Barrier Fence between Southern Cross and Hyden (completed November 2014)
- plan and seek approvals for the proposed State Barrier Fence ‘Esperance Extension’ (in progress).
Complementing these projects, a further $4.4 million of Royalties for Regions investment has provided for an additional eight Licensed Pest Management Technicians in the pastoral and adjacent agricultural areas from 2010/11 to 2016/17. The funding was provided to reduce the number of wild dogs on government managed lands and adjoining agricultural/pastoral lands to enable increased small livestock production.
The funding is administered by DAFWA and has been provided to Biosecurity Groups who employ Licensed Pest Management Technicians. The funding is provided for wild dog control activities above and beyond those already conducted by these community groups.