The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (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 the town of Ravensthorpe to the east of Esperance near Cape Arid National Park. The purpose of the Esperance extension is to protect the south-eastern agricultural enterprises from predation and grazing from wild populations.
This proposal was originally referred by the Conservation Council in April 2013 however, the EPA determined that it did not have enough information to enable it to make a decision and sought additional information about the proposal from the DAFWA. The DAFWA subsequently referred the proposal in June 2016. Both of these referrals are provided for review as a part of this public consultation.