Wild Dog Fence

WIld Dog Fence at Hungerford on the NSW/Qld state border

 

I love the "wild dog" fence which extends along some of the NSW/QLD and NSW/SA borders. Apparently it was originally constructed to keep the rabbits out. Didn't work.

The story is that rather than admit defeat and acknowledge that money had been wasted on a useless project, they brought out some bureaucrat consultants from Sydney who noted that there were no dingos in the area and suggested the fence be renamed the wild dog fence. The lack of dingos in the area verified the success of the project (no need to mention the general lack of dingos in the area prior to construction of the fence). The fence needed to be administered, as do all bureaucratic structures, and so the government established the NSW Wild Dog Destruction Board to employ staff to patrol and repair the fence.

It's a lesson I could have done with earlier in life. Never let anything be declared a failure; just assign it a new purpose (even if that purpose was unnecessary) so that the project is a success. And to emphasise the success, establish a bureaucracy to administer the "success".

Ivanhoe Harry

 

Footnote:

"The South Australian section of the border fence is erected on or near the western border of New South Wales and extends from the North West border of New South Wales (Cameron Corner) for approximately 219kms south along the NSW/SA border. .... The Queensland section of the border fence is erected approximately 15 metres north of the border of the New South Wales and extends from the western border of NSW (Cameron Corner) for 363kms east to a point 15kms east of Hungerford." from the Wild Dog Destruction Board's Annual Report 2008

Although it purports to be a NSW statutory authority, the Wild Dog Destruction Board is not included in the "complete list" of State Government Agencies published on the New South Wales Government website. Another lesson in successful bureaucracy - never let the punters know where to find you!

 

Some contrary views:

  1. Sign at Hungerford on the NSW/Qld state border. This photograph is in the public domain and may be freely reproduced. If you wish, you may attribute it to www.mundimundi.com
  2. From Fortville Gate, on the NSW/Qld border, looking west. This photograph is in the public domain and may be freely reproduced. If you wish, you may attribute it to www.mundimundi.com