Call for interested landholders to form cluster fencing groups and apply for funding

The State's Queensland Feral Pest Initiative has provided funding for the Barrier Fence to Border Collaborative Area Management Project, which is a joint venture between Maranoa Regional Council and Balonne Shire Council.

The project proposes to support the construction of exclusion fencing across both Council areas, via a competitive application process by interested landholder groups located within the region and 'inside' (south of) the Wild Dog Barrier Fence. The funding from this project is to help fund 50% of material costs, and will be capped at $2700/km.

It is proposed that approximately half of the fence will be constructed in each of the local government areas (with priority given to groups that cross-over the council boundaries).

Applications are now open and will close Friday, 6 October 2017 at 12 noon. 

Councillor Wendy Newman, Portfolio Chair for Rural Services said that this is an important opportunity for landholders to work together in the fight against wild dogs.

"With wild dog numbers continually on the rise, constructing a wild dog barrier fence is a critical step forward in drastically reducing this pests' impact on rural livelihoods," Cr Newman said.

Applications will be assessed by elected members, wild dog chairpersons and an industry representative on merit and eligibility in accordance with the specified criteria.

Please contact Council's Environmental Health, Waste and Rural Land Service for copies of the Cluster Fencing Guide and Application/Expression of Interest Form on 1300 007 662 or email land.management@maranoa.qld.gov.au.

The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative has received funding through the Queensland Government to support the growth of a productive and prosperous food and fibre sector in Queensland. Funding has also been provided through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

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