State Barrier Fence Esperance Extension

Closed 30 Jun 2016

Opened 23 Jun 2016


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.

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

The following diagram shows the stage this referral is at:

Diagram showing where the seve-day public comment sits in the overall assessment process

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The Chairman's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals