Whether you’re a landholder in Western NSW or a member of any group interested in the impacts of wild dogs, the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project want to hear from you during their community consultation period.
In December 2020, a number of face-to-face community drop-in sessions and online meetings will be held to gather feedback, ideas, concerns and suggestions about the project to inform the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The project team is keen to get a broad range of input and everyone with an interest in the project, such as environmental groups, is encouraged to have their say.
All feedback will be considered in the development phase of the project’s EIS which will be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment who will then publicly display the documents for further community and stakeholder feedback.
Community information drop in sessions will be held in Broken Hill, Anabranch, Bourke and Lightning Ridge in the first half of December, along with a number of online sessions. Additionally, feedback can be provided to the project team via phone and email.
The NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project is a commitment of the NSW Government who is funding the project at an estimated cost of $37.5 million.
The current NSW Border Wild Dog Fence is around 583 km in length along the NSW and Queensland/South Australian borders.
Through the project, the fence will be extended 420 km in the east adjacent to Mungindi and 322 km in the south to just short of the Murray River, taking the total length of the fence to over 1,300 km when the project is complete, making it the biggest wild dog exclusion fence in the world.
The economic impact of wild dogs is estimated to exceed $100 million every year across Australia, with around $22 million of this attributed to NSW.
Anyone with an interest in the project can have their say via the face-to-face or online sessions, or by contacting the project team by phone or email up until 5 pm on Friday, 18 December 2020.
Source: Western Local Land Services