If you are a farmer wanting to protect crops and stock from feral animals, you may be interested to read about Esperance’s new 660 km extension of the state barrier fence. This 11-million-dollar project is expected to take 2-3 years and will provide a 1.35 metres high protective fence.
Much of the funding has come from the state government budget with some federal support. Australian Wool Innovation has provided a Caterpillar fencing machine to ensure the terrain can be accessed.
Indigenous native title representatives have been in discussion with the State government around certain sections of the area that are subject to native title. It is also hoped that the construction of the fence will lead to employment opportunities, particularly amongst Indigenous rangers who will be given training to help complete this work.
As sheep and wool prices are booming it is seen as something that will be strongly supported by farmers, as wild dogs, rabbits, and emus have long been causing issues for livestock farmers in WA.
Source: The Farm Weekly