Meetings on dog fence, drought
MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett lead a delegation to regional Queensland last week to find solutions to the drought crisis.
Mr Bennett, Deputy Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, and members met with locals in Tambo, Cunnamulla and Roma to investigate the management of the 2560km Wild Dog Barrier Fence and the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.
Mr Bennett said he was committed to finding solutions for droughtaffected areas.
“The delegation is about giving residents the opportunity to help shape the future of the Wild Dog Barrier Fence and Queensland’s biggest drought assistance program for primary producers,” he said.
“We are particularly keen to take the views of these residents on board as we work towards improving the design and delivery of the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.
“The committee’s inquiry into the management of the dog barrier fence will examine its effectiveness and whether it should be extended.
“We will be discussing the impact of wild dogs, experiences with cluster fencing and other strategies for their management.”
Mr Bennett said the committee’s review of DRAS was the first serious look at the scheme in more than two decades.
“We will be looking at whether primary producers who need assistance are actually getting the help they need to keep livestock fed and watered during drought,” he said.
“We will also be discussing any concerns primary producers might have regarding difficulties applying for and receiving assistance, and ideas for making the scheme more responsive to the needs of producers.”
UNDER REVIEW: The Wild Dog Barrier Fence will be evaluated.