Meet­ings on dog fence, drought

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UN­DER RE­VIEW: The Wild Dog Bar­rier Fence will be eval­u­ated.

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