Wild dog part­ner­ship with gra­ziers help­ing in­dus­try

Western Times - - NEWS -

THE sheep and wool in­dus­try in western Queensland is bounc­ing back.

Over the last two years the gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $31.2 mil­lion – in grants and loans – for wild dog ex­clu­sion fence con­struc­tion to pro­tect flocks.

They have com­mit­ted to build up to 7500 kilo­me­tres of fences – the equiv­a­lent of four-and-a-half times the length of the Bruce High­way.

Queensland Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said gra­ziers and lo­cal coun­cils have re­sponded to their com­mit­ment of fund­ing.

“Round one of fund­ing an­nounced in late 2015 will sup­port the con­struc­tion of al­most 5000 kilo­me­tres of fence, and with more than 213,000 sheep in the re­gion, it will pro­duce $5.7 mil­lion in ex­tra wages for shear­ing, crutch­ing and lamb mark­ing, and cre­ate an ex­tra 45 jobs,” she said.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Bill Byrne has con­firmed Round two fund­ing will pro­vide as­sis­tance with fenc­ing for a fur­ther 135 prop­er­ties.

Ms Palaszczuk said the gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to con­tinue to work with the gra­ziers and coun­cils to re­vive the great western Queensland sheep and wool in­dus­try.

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