Recognising the devastating impact of livestock losses from
wild dog attacks have on primary producers, the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence will
NSW Farmers congratulates the NSW Government on its commitment to doubling the length of the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence and fencing contractors may have to delay their Christmas dinner as 742km of fence extensions will be required. The infrastructure will soon stretch from the Murray River in the south, north to Camerons corner and east to Mungundi NSW, making it the longest dog fence in the world.
The exclusion fence extension is seen as vital for wild dog management and will bring critical jobs to western NSW.
It is estimated that wild dog attacks cause an estimated loss of $22 million to local and state economies. It is expected the extension project will cost $37.5 million and will initially create planning and construction jobs, and then flow through ongoing maintenance that will be needed in the harsh conditions of western NSW.
For the exclusion fencing to be fully effective, it will require a multi-pronged strategy by government and farmers that includes identifying and eradicating wild dogs.
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