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Australia NSW Government calls for bids for $17m wild dog fence extension

07:45  29 december  2020
07:45  29 december  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The NSW Government has opened a $ 17 million tender to extend the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence by 742 kilometres. Wild dog attacks are estimated to cost the livestock sector millions of dollars a year in NSW alone. The project will see 724 kilometres added to the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence , making the 1,325 kilometre barrier one of the longest in the world. Straddling the shared NSW , Queensland and South Australian borders, as well as providing relief to farmers battling wild dogs , it is also expected to bring an economic boost to struggling country towns.

Construction is underway on the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence extension , which runs along the Queensland and South Australian border. Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall said the fence played a vital role in mitigating the impacts of wild dogs and was critically important to western NSW and the entire state. “The fence will help to stimulate local and regional economies that have been devastated by the impacts of the drought and COVID-19, with around 85 jobs expected to be created,” Mr Marshall said.

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It is hoped a multi-million-dollar extension to a predator-proof fence will help regional New South Wales recover from the trifecta of drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

The project will see 724 kilometres added to the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence, making the 1,325 kilometre barrier one of the longest in the world.

Straddling the shared NSW, Queensland and South Australian borders, as well as providing relief to farmers battling wild dogs, it is also expected to bring an economic boost to struggling country towns.

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New South Wales landholders will be protected by a .5 million fence fortress which runs along the Queensland and South Australia borders, as construction commenced this week on the mammoth 742km extension of the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence . Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall turned the first sod on the project near Hungerford on Monday, as the NSW Government delivered on a key election commitment in support of the state’s far west.

THE impact caused by wild dogs has left farmers across the state pulling out all the stops to control the pests. Measures such as aerial baiting and trapping have been implemented by the state government , but some producers are calling for more to be done. One such farmer is John O'Reilly of Redbank, Hargraves who has seen a dramatic increase in lambing numbers due to the installation of a new wild dog fence . Read Also: Now, Mr O'Reilly's lamb survival numbers have risen from 90 to 600 lambs since the installation of the fence last year and he believes a rebate system may entice more farmers to

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said a $17 million tender was now open for the project.

"Most of regional NSW is still recovering from COVID, bushfires and the worst drought on record so using local businesses in the bush to build the fence is a top priority," he said.

"The NSW Government has taken steps to assist regional businesses in the tender process by creating a panel of suppliers who will be able to quote on individual stages of the build.

"The stages of construction will be 50 to 120 kilometres in length, so there will be plenty of opportunity for smaller local suppliers to get involved."

Calling for tenders

The NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said wild dogs were a cause of consternation for farmers across the state.

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The NSW Government has committed funding to extend the dog fence in two sections, 420 km to the east and 322 km to the south . The department has developed a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 to clarify and streamline the planning assessment for the extension and maintenance of the Wild Dog Fence .

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"Wild dogs alone cost farmers just in the western parts of NSW more than $25 million a year in lost stock," he said.

"Everyone knows about the drought that we've just come through — the worst that we've ever experienced — and when you throw on top of that increased predation of wild dogs attacking, killing and pulling down stock in paddocks throughout Western NSW, the impacts of that have been horrific.

"The State Government has called a $17 million tender for local, country-based businesses to provide materials and labour to undertake the largest single expansion of the wild dog fence in its history.

"That's designed to not only make sure we have a fence that can keep all the wild dogs and feral pests out of Western NSW, but also to ensure that this project provides and enormous economic stimulus for country communities."

The fence is expected to be finished by mid-2022.


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