Pest con­trol fund­ing is open

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

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