WILD DOGS —
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
(2) How much of that sum has been
(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
(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?
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.
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