A significant investment into wild dog and pest animal control was made through the WA Government's Royalties for Regions program. Up to $10.6 million was invested in:
- upgrades the existing State Barrier Fence to wild dog standard by installing lapwire to the base of the fence (completed February 2013)
- planning and construction of the 170km ‘Yilgarn Gap’ in the State Barrier Fence between Southern Cross and Hyden (completed November 2014)
- planning and approval for the Esperance Extension to the State Barrier Fence (in progress).
A further $4.4 million of Royalties for Regions investment 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 administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (now Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) and was provided to Recognised Biosecurity Groups. The funding provided for wild dog control activities above and beyond those already conducted by these community groups.
Underpinning success of the State Barrier Fence and Wild Dog Management projects has been developing collaborative partnerships between DPIRD and local governments and community groups, including Recognised Biosecurity Groups.