Country Labor will fund the extension of the Wild Dog Exclusion Fence in NSW, committing $37.5 million to the project
Shadow Minister for Western NSW, Mick Veitch announced today that a Daley Labor Government would match the Government’s plan to extend the wild dog fence.
Country Labor said that on top of this it would allocate an additional $50 million to fight weeds and pests across the State.
Mr Veitch said:
“Funding the wild dog fence is what farmers have been asking for and we know this is a prudent investment to protect farms from wild dogs, keeping ravenous pests away from stock.”
The funding is expected to double the length of the fence which covers the North West border between NSW and Queensland, adding more than 700kms of fence protection.
“On top of this, we have committed an extra $50 million to address other pest and weed issues,” Mr Veitch said.
“When this drought does break, there is a real risk there will be an explosion of weeds from all the fodder that has been transported across our road corridors.
“This money will be ready to go to address this eventuality.”
Country Labor candidate for Barwon, Darriea Turley said that Labor was providing funding to address a range of threats to farmers and the environment and called on the National Party to step up on the threat by pests and the funding of Landcare.
“We are committed to the wild dog exclusion fence expansion – the National Party should now back Country Labor’s additional funding to fight weeds and pests.”
“A Labor Government will also provide more funding to our Landcare network and double the amount of money this organisation receives.
“Labor is the only party that truly cares for our water, land and the long-term sustainability of our communities.”