Rebuilding the Dog Fence in South Australia

The Dog Fence protects South Australia's $4.3 billion livestock industry by stopping dingoes from migrating into land used for sheep production. This area is known as the sheep zone. This project will improve a 2,150 km barrier that stretches from the Great Australian Bight to the New South Wales border, parts of which are more than 100 years old.

Dog Fence tender now closed

The tender for the $25m rebuild of the Dog Fence closed on 10 December. Tenders are currently being assessed and the successful tenders will be selected early in 2020.

Degradation of the fence

More than two-thirds of the South Australian Dog Fence (1,600 kilometres) is more than 100 years old – it is ageing and brittle. Many sections have been degraded by kangaroos, emus, feral camels, wild dogs, weather events and sand erosion.

Research shows why we need to rebuild

An independent economic analysis by BDO EconSearch showed that replacing the 100 year old sections of the Dog Fence could benefit South Australia.

Read the full report (PDF 1.3 MB).

Funding for the rebuild

The rebuild of the Dog Fence will be funded by the Commonwealth Government ($10 million), the State Government ($10 million) and the livestock industry ($5 million).

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Consultation during the rebuild

A Dog Fence Rebuild Committee will continue to engage the Local boards and other pastoral stakeholders to ensure each section of the new fence is best suited for the terrain, substrate, and pressure from wild dogs in that area.

The Dog Fence Rebuild Committee comprises the following, or their representatives:

  • Chairs of the local dog fence boards
  • Chair of the Dog Fence Board
  • The owner of the north west private section of the Dog Fence
  • President of Livestock SA
  • The Deputy Chief Executive of PIRSA, who will chair the Dog Fence Rebuild Committee.

Each section of the new fence will be designed and built to suit the terrain, substrate, and pressure from wild dogs. Consultation between the SA Dog Fence Board, Livestock SA, State Government and local dog fence boards will also consider if the fence needs to be moved and which sections of the fence should be prioritised for rebuild.

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Page Last Reviewed: 11 Dec 2019
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