WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the final environmental approval on the State Barrier Fence Esperance extension, which clears the way for work to begin by June 2019.
The 660 kilometre fence extension will help farmers in Ravensthorpe and Esperance fight the ongoing scourge of wild dog predation on livestock.
The WA Government allocated $6.9 million towards the project.
The shires of Esperance and Ravensthorpe and the Federal Government have also allocated funding for the project.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is finalising pre-construction weed and dieback surveys, a condition of the environmental approvals.
DPIRD has also started a targeted training module aimed at upskilling Esperance Tjaltjraak traditional owners to complete fencing works.
The program partners DPIRD staff with up to eight Aboriginal trainees to drive training and employment opportunities on the Esperance extension.
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.