NO SITTING ON THE FENCE ABOUT THE COST BENEFIT
References can’t seem to agree on what it cost to build the original dingo fence, nor what it costs to maintain annually – but estimates for maintenance seem to be around AUS$10 million per year. In contrast Australian pastoralists reckon that the fence saves them AUS$48 million. Certainly, before the fence was built some large sheep stations estimated they were losing as many as 10,000 sheep a year to the dingo. Cattle were also affected.
Overall, it certainly seems to work. The fence is cleared to 5m either side allowing for the vehicles of the maintenance crews to travel along it. The main problems occur when camels break through. Unlike your average UK suburb, there are enormous herds of dromedaries in Australia which were originally introduced not from the Sahara but from the Canary Islands. (Not many people know that!) There are well over one million of them with the population estimated to double every nine years.