Pil­lars for ex­clu­sion fenc­ing in place

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

MORE than 90 land­hold­ers con­gre­gated at the St Ge­orge Cul­tural Cen­tre to have their ques­tions an­swered about wild dog ex­clu­sion fenc­ing on Tues­day.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the fo­rum went well, with a sig­nif­i­cant amount of prop­erty own­ers sat­is­fied with the aspects covered.

“The Balonne Shire didn’t want any­one leav­ing with any mis­con­cep­tions of what coun­cil might or might not do,” he said.

“The coun­cil is look­ing at the Lon­greach model, where coun­cil bor­rows a sum of money and, through ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est by the pas­toral­ist, the coun­cil will then build the fence and a spe­cial rate is ap­plied to be re­paid over a 20 year pe­riod.

“It was a very pos­i­tive out­come from both the lis­tener and pre­sen­ter’s point of view, there were many rea­sons why the com­mu­nity would take on the Lon­greach model and equally the amount for pri­vate fi­nanc­ing and that is re­ally what the in­di­vid­ual needs to de­cide.”

Cr Marsh em­pha­sised that coun­cil had not made a de­ci­sion yet.

“The coun­cil is very en­thu­si­as­tic but we have to go through the process,” he said. “Once all the ques­tions have been an­swered we will make a de­ci­sion and ei­ther pro­ceed or ad­vise an al­ter­na­tive ac­tion.”

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