State Barrier Fence proposal changes

The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) have drafted a modification of the State Barrier Fence proposal that will see the project increase nearly 3000 hectares.

The multi-million dollar Royalties for Regions funded fence was proposed to minimising the impact of invasive species such as wild dogs and emus.

DAFWA proposes to erect a 660 kilometre long, 1.35 metre high extension to the existing State Barrier Fence from its current termination point near Ravensthorpe to Cape Arid National Park. 

The requested modifications would increase the size of the development envelope from 5313 hectares to 8139 hectares.

“An increase in the development envelope is to allow for improved flexibility in the final alignment of the proposed fence and associated clearing,” a spokeswoman for DAFWA said. 

She also said while the size of the development envelope would increase, the proposed maximum clearing footprint had been “marginally reduced from 843 hectares to 816 hectares”.

The amendment to the proposal is yet to be proved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).  

EPA’s consultation period, that invited the public to comment on the changes, ran from May 12-19. 

The proposal was first referred to EPA in June 2016.

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