1600kms of Feral Fencing to Be Rebuilt

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A $25 million project to rebuild South Australia's 100-year-old dog fence is getting underway to protect stock losses. The 1600 km upgrade began on May 26 and is one of the state's biggest infrastructure projects.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the rebuild was estimated to reduce the number of sheep losses and subsequently increase income for farmers.

“Farmers, land managers and pastoralists will save up to $97 million in wild dog management costs over 20 years,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This is going to be a game-changer for South Australian agriculture and these are exactly the types of projects we need to help kickstart the nation post-COVID.”

Mirage News reported Minister Whetstone says the South Australian Government looks forward to working with both the Morrison Government and industry to finalise arrangements to renew this critical infrastructure.

“It is the longest continuous fence in the world, and crucial to supporting and protecting the South Australian sheep industry,”

Minister Whetstone said.

“This will be a mighty boon for our farmers who will save millions in pest animal management costs and enable farmers to safely restock properties with sheep.

“It will put more money into their hip pockets and local economies through the jobs created.

“South Australia’s component of the 5400km Dog Fence is approximately 2150km, with approximately 1600km being more than 100 years old.

“The $25 million project will replace this ageing fencing to ensure its continued effectiveness and support pastoralists from the ongoing threat of wild dogs.”

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