Cluster fencing funds available to landholders in Southern Downs
Farmers in the Southern Downs region can receive funds
towards building cluster fencing within sheep and wool growing areas.
Southern Downs Regional Council will submit applications on
behalf of eligible landholders to receive funding provided through the
Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI).
Council will hold landholder meetings at Southern Traprock
on Tuesday, 30 October and Karara on Friday, 9 November to discuss the funding
Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability
Cameron Gow said the Southern Downs region is a prime candidate for cluster
“This is a great opportunity for the region to secure a
share of the $6 million of funds available to reduce the threat of wild dogs
and support long-term sustainability for our sheep and wool producers,” Cr Gow
Chair of the Southern Downs Region Wild Dog Management
Working Group Clive Smith said sheep and wool producers can demonstrate a
commitment to working together to manage the wild dog problem.
“Sheep numbers have declined sharply in the Southern Downs
primarily because of wild dogs. Cluster fencing can help reverse the decline
and reinvigorate the industry,” Mr Smith said.
Statistics throughout Queensland indicate that lambing rates
and sheep numbers increase dramatically in areas that erect cluster fencing,
with some areas reporting increases of 90%.
Council is already working with groups to submit
applications for cluster fence funding, and is looking for expressions of
interests from other sheep and wool producers in the Southern Downs region.
Landholders must demonstrate the following to qualify for
working with neighbours to form a ‘cluster’ (a
number of adjoining properties to be enclosed with wild dog exclusion fencing);
recognised as primary producers by the ATO;
already do or will run sheep;
have existing sheep infrastructure; and
have a track record of commitment to managing
their wild dog problems.
Council strongly urges landholders to consider cluster
fencing, as the fencing can increase viability and profits for sheep and wool
producers and benefit the entire region economically.
Applications for funding close on 23 November 2018.
For more information on cluster fencing and the QFPI funding
scheme, please contact Craig Magnussen, Senior Local Laws Officer (Pest
Management) at 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or on email@example.com
more information on controlling invasive pests, including Council’s Invasive
Pests Control Scheme, please visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.