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Question Without Notice No. 962 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 October 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 16 October 2018

WILD DOGS — CONTROL

962. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

(1) Since the change of government in March 2017, what has been the total sum promised by the Western Australian government for the control of wild dogs and/or dingoes in Western Australia?

(2) How much of that sum has been spent?

(3) What is the total sum promised by the federal government for the control of wild dogs and/or dingoes in Western Australia?

(4) How much of that sum has been spent?

(5) On ABC news on 29 March 2017, the following statement was attributed to the minister —

Obviously the sheep have just become light snacks for the local dogs � There is money in the budget for wild dog management, which will continue, but looking at these other solutions such as carbon farming � maybe that's part of the solution.

Was the minister correctly reported in that statement?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) The Western Australian government has committed $28.56 million to wild dog control over four years from 2017 to 2021. This comprises $18.6 million under the wild dog action plan, $7.02 million matching funding for the recognised biosecurity groups and $2.94 million in consolidated funds.

(2) At approximately one-third of the way through the four-year period, the government has spent $2.2 million under the wild dog action plan—note that the largest expenditure item, the Esperance extension to the state barrier fence, is awaiting statutory approvals—$2.12 million in matching funding for recognised biosecurity groups, with the remainder of the 2018–19 funds to be paid this financial year; and approximately $1 million from consolidated funds for staff, and state barrier fence maintenance.

(3) The total sum is $3.5 million for cell fencing and capacity building of wild dog–affected recognised biosecurity groups.

(4) The amount spent is $2.68 million. Federal funds were time-limited and were spent early in the program.

(5) Yes.