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Industry-funded grants for wild dog control are now open

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The Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme (IFS) Management Committee is inviting groups and organisations to apply for grants to develop and/or deliver on-ground wild dog control measures.

The Sheep and Goat IFS, authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, is an industry-driven scheme. The Scheme collects contributions from the Western Australian sheep and goat industry and uses these funds for activities targeting the industry’s biosecurity priorities.

Grants of up to $200 000 are available through an open, competitive process. The maximum period for the proposed projects/activities is three years. A total of up to $750 000 will be available through the Program in 2019. Further grant opportunities will be considered by the Management Committee annually in consultation with industry.

The IFS grants will support activities/projects that:

  • develop and/or deliver on-ground control measures, with the aim of eradicating wild dogs within dog-fenced areas[1]; and
  • complement/enhance wild dog control activities currently underway in Western Australia; and/or fill gaps in wild dog control activities, from a whole-of-state perspective; and
  • contribute to the Program aim of enhancing the profitability, productivity and/or sustainability of the Western Australian sheep and goat industry by reducing the impact of wild dogs.

Activities/projects may include on-ground control activities (e.g. baits, ground or aerial baiting, traps, licenced pest management technicians) or the development of these, including training.

Applications from eligible organisations, which follow the grant guidelines, will be accepted via SmartyGrants until 12 midnight on 28 February 2019.

More information about the grant opportunity, eligibility criteria and application guidelines is available from the Sheep and Goat IFS webpage.

Contact: 

Rebecca Heath

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

+61 (0)8 9690 2171

rebecca.heath@dpird.wa.gov.au

[1] Including areas that are in the processes of being fenced to exclude wild dogs. The agricultural region of Western Australia is viewed as a ‘dog-fenced area’ as activities to improve/extend the State Barrier Fence are being undertaken as part of the WA Wild Dog Action Plan.