$25 million committed to SA dog fence upgrade

$25 million committed to SA dog fence upgrade

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BIG COMMITMENT: Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Primary Industries minister Tim Whetstone, SA Dog Fence board chair Carolyn Ireland, and Livestock SA chief executive officer Andrew Curtis.

BIG COMMITMENT: Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Primary Industries minister Tim Whetstone, SA Dog Fence board chair Carolyn Ireland, and Livestock SA chief executive officer Andrew Curtis.

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SA's 100-year-old dog fence will receive a $25-million upgrade if the coalition is re-elected.

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SA's 100-year-old dog fence will receive a $25-million upgrade if the coalition is re-elected.

With joint funding from the state and federal government and industry stakeholders,1600 kilometres of the SA dog fence will be replaced.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the commitment to renewing the fence was an absolute game changer for the state's livestock industries.

"Investing in the dog fence is a multi-generational investment in our livestock industry," he said.

"The fence is 100 years old and in desperate need of renewal and an upgrade will serve the industry well into the future.

"Wild dogs have been tearing thousands of sheep to pieces in the areas to the south of the leaking fence."

Mr Ramsey also said because dogs were moving further and further south, action needed to be taken.

"Federally we will front-load the investment by making $1 million available now and the balance will be one of the first projects delivered from the $3.6-billion Drought Future Fund, which kicks in on July 1," he said.

"The fund will provide $100 million a year to assist Australian farmers to prepare and deal with drought. This investment is just the first example of the benefits of this new fund."

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said if re-elected, the state government would contribute $10 million towards the upgrade, if federal and industry funding was secured.

Minister Whetstone said the government was committed to easing the challenges faced by producers because of the aging dog fence.

"It is the longest continuous fence in the world, and a crucial part of supporting and protecting the SA sheep industry," he said.

"SA's component of the 5400km dog fence will be upgraded.

"Replacement of the 1600kms of ageing fencing will ensure its continued effectiveness and support pastoralists from the ongoing threat of wild dogs."

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