South Australian companies on board with Dog Fence rebuild

REBUILD: Part of the completed first section in the Dog Fence rebuild. Photo: Supplied
REBUILD: Part of the completed first section in the Dog Fence rebuild. Photo: Supplied

Two South Australian resources companies are getting involved with the 1600-kilometre rebuild of the Dog Fence through the donation of drill rod.

Santos and OZ Minerals are donating more than 4000 lengths of drill rod to the project to be cut and used for fence posts as part of the $25-million rebuild.

Primary Industries Minister David Basham said the state government was delighted to see both companies supporting the Dog Fence board by donating steel posts for the project that is designed to protect the sheep industry.

He said Santos had committed 3000 lengths of drill pipe and OZ Minerals had donated 1000 lengths, with more to come.

"Santos and OZ Minerals have generously donated thousands of lengths of drill rod, which is highly in demand and often difficult to source, to ensure the rebuild of the historic South Australian Dog Fence continues to move along swiftly," Mr Basham said.

"The resources and pastoral industries have long been partners in our northern rangelands and we thank these businesses for coming forward with an offer to help rebuild this important infrastructure.

"Pastoralists and those farmers whose sheep have been severely impacted by wild dogs are extremely appreciative of these donations."

Mr Basham said people worked together in outback South Australia and that the donations were another example of the bonds that existed between the staff and management of both businesses and those who lived and worked alongside them on pastoral stations and in remote towns.

"Similar to the loan of specialist fence building machinery by Australian Wool Innovation, the donation of drill rod is another example of industry working with government on a project of great benefit to South Australia," Mr Basham said.

"Some sections of the Dog Fence are more than a century old, so as we rebuild, it's vital we're using the right materials to ensure it protects our livestock industries for years to come."

The rebuild project is estimated to deliver net benefits to South Australia of between $56m and $113m over 20 years.

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