Wild dog partnership with graziers helping industry
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.