Pest control funding is open
THE Palaszczuk government is calling for expressions of interest for more than $10 million in grants to fight pest animals and weeds in Queensland’s hard hit regions.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne announced guidelines were finalised by the Oversight Group to deliver funding where it’s most needed.
“I’ve spoken with the commissioners and we agree it is important to get the maximum impact at the earliest opportunity,” Mr Byrne said.
“That’s why $5 million in grants for cluster fencing to help revitalise the sheep industry will be committed by the government before Christmas.”
Mr Byrne said he was aware of restrictions on some land owners to form clusters so announced an additional $5 million to assist in building exclusions fencing.
“We’ve developed a package that gives producers and landholders a range of options to suit their situation,” Mr Byrne said.
A total of $5 million will be available for cluster fencing in long term drought effected areas and $1.84 million for community weed and pest management in rural area along with $1.9 million for local government weed and pest management.
Projects can be for one or two years and project applications will close at 5pm on December 2.
To apply for the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative visit daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.