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Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing Grant 2020

The Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has been fortunate to secure funding through the Australian Government's Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program, Round 1, to pass on to landholders to construct exclusion fencing to minimise the impact of wild dogs on the sheep and wool industry.  This funding is aimed at supporting landholders who were unable to work with neighbours to form a cluster fencing project, and come in the form of a subsidy of $5,000 per kilometre of fence.

           Exclusion fencing indicative photo Exclusion Fence indicative photo

To be eligible to receive the funding:

  • The applicant needs to be the owner or legal lessee of the property/properties;
  • The property/properties must be in the Southern Downs Regional Council area;
  • The property/properties must be currently running sheep, be leased or agisted for sheep, have a history of sheep and/or wool production and/or the owners must demonstrate a plan to return to sheep in the future.  If there are no sheep currently, there must be existing sheep infrastructure on the property/properties (eg. yards suitable for small stock, shearing shed etc.)

Conditions of the funding

  • The funds are to go to constructing new fences that meet the minimum standards (listed below).
  • The fencing project must be completed by 30 June 2021.
  • The fund will be offered as a subsidy of $5000/kilometre of fence constructed.  There is no GST added to this amount.
  • The landholder must be willing to allow nominated personnel from SDRC on to the property to inspect the works and progress.
  • The landholder must have Public Liability Insurance.
  • The fence constructed must close an area, ie. not just fence one side, unless there is already some existing exclusion fencing that meets the minimum standards (listed below) that the fence connects with to enclose the area.  This means gates, grids, property entrances etc. will need to be deemed as closed.
  • In the instance that the fence can connect with the existing Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board Fence, SDRC's Wild Dog Spur Fences or one of the new Clusters, this will be considered a suitable fence to connect to.
  • This is a competitive process.  All applications for funding will be assessed on their merit, based on the selection criteria below.
  • Priority will be given to landholders with a history of commitment to wild dog management.
  • There will be a requirement that landholders who receive funding will be involved in follow-up wild dog management as well as 'cleaning out' their exclusion area.
  • Landholders will be responsible for maintaining the fence once it has been constructed.
  • SDRC will be responsible for allocating funds and will enter into legally binding contracts/arrangements with the landholders who receive the funds.
  • Funds will not be provide for fences that were completed prior to this application process opening date, however if materials have already been purchased but the fence not constructed, this can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful applicants will be required to develop a property biosecurity plan that encompasses the role of the exclusion fence.
  • Successful applications will need to supply SDRC with information on all costs associated with the constructions (actual and in-kind) and present the relevant tax invoices.  This will not affect the subsidy rate however it will build a picture of the actual costs of constructing exclusion fencing in the SDRC area.
  • The payment terms will be 80% of the total contract amount upon signing of the contract and 20% once the fence is completed, inspected and considered closed.

Minimum standards for fencing

  • The fence must be constructed of wire mesh and the minimum mesh height of the fence shall be 1.5 metres;
  • The fence must have an apron.  The apron shall be at least 300mm and shall be strained, if not sprung;
  • The distance between uprights shall be no more than 8 metres;
  • Mesh size shall be suitable to stop the movement of wild dogs.

Attachment 1 - Minimum Fencing Standards diagram (PDF 567.6KB)

In creeks, gully crossings, public lands and road crossings, it is recognised that the above fencing requirements may not be appropriate and suitable methods should be substituted where necessary to prevent the movement of wild dogs in these areas.

Selection Criteria Weighting
Nature of enterprise - wool/meat sheep run or recently run; small stock infrastructure present.  The potential contribution to a sustainable sheep and wool industry in the SDRC area.   30%
Demonstrated wild dog control activity in past - historic involvement in coordinated and individual wild dog control activities. 30%
Strategic location of fence - where is the proposed fence in relation to known wild dog problems, making use of other fences in area, potential connectivity to clusters and existing barrier fences. 15%
Return on investment - the number of hectares enclosed for the length of fence proposed. 15%
Demonstration of intent to use local suppliers and contractors throughout the fence building stage of the project, contributing to the overall economic growth of the region. 10%

Applications Open:  Monday 7 September 2020
Applications Close: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Applications will be assessed and successful applicants notified within 30 days of applications closing.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EXCLUSION FENCING FUNDING GUIDELINES (PDF 517.7KB)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM (PDF 1.1MB)

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM ONLINE

If you require further information on the project or assistance in developing your project map please contact:

Janet Barker
Echidna Consulting
Email: janet@echidnaconsulting.com.au       
Phone:  0411 864 203
Mat Warren
Southern Downs Regional Council
Email: mat.warren@sdrc.qld.gov.au     
Phone:  0409 988 390

 

 

 

 

 

 

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