​Media Releases

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Pest animal management programmes hitting the mark​​​

11 June 2015

Thousands of wild dogs, feral pigs and feral goats have been destroyed as part of pest management projects across New South Wales (NSW), funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the NSW Government.

Australian Government Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that effective management of pest animals was particularly important during times of drought.

“The impacts of pest animals are heightened during drought. They add pressure to pastures and groundcover at a time when feed is critical for livestock, and prey on stock concentrated around fewer watering points,” Minister Joyce said.

“The Australian Government provided $2.4 million to NSW in the last two years for a range of pest animal management projects in drought-affected areas, allowing projects to be tailored to most effectively meet the needs of the local region.

“Under this year’s Budget, we are delivering more than $400 million in targeted support for farmers and communities impacted by drought, including an additional $25.8 million in funding to manage the impacts of pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas.”

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the NSW and Australian Governments were working closely together to support the state’s primary producers.

“The NSW Government is determined to make it easier for our farmers to do business—and things like pest management programs make a real difference,” Mr Blair said.

“We know there are many farmers out there doing it tough with extremely dry conditions—and we will work the Federal Government to give our farmers a leg up where we can.

“The money the Australian Government has provided has been a great boost to the pest management programs here in NSW.

“In one hit last October for instance, we laid about a quarter of a million dog baits  over more than 1,000 properties as well as on public land.

“This collaboration between the Australian Government and our state agencies such as Local Land Services has been a great help to our farmers who have been struggling in many areas and I welcome the addition of more dollars to this program.”

Ministers Joyce and Blair said that the pest and weed funding is a vital investment in local communities that will not only provide long lasting agricultural benefits but can also boost employment and spending in local towns. Farmers in drought affected such as those in the North West should contact their regional Local Land Services to discuss pest and weed projects that will deliver the maximum local benefits.

For more information on the range of Australian Government assistance available to farmers, farm businesses and rural communities, visit agriculture.gov.au/assistance​.