Wild dog fenc­ing funds to pro­tect our re­gion

Western Times - - NEWS -

AGFORCE has wel­comed the open­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions for the next round of wild dog ex­clu­sion fenc­ing fund­ing, and urged the Queens­land Govern­ment to en­sure the money gets out on the ground as soon as pos­si­ble.

AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said the con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in wild dog fenc­ing was help­ing to re­vi­talise Queens­land’s sheep and wool in­dus­try, create jobs and boost re­gional economies.

“Wild dogs have sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal and fi­nan­cial im­pacts on the sheep, cat­tle and goat in­dus­tries in Queens­land through pre­da­tion, the trans­mis­sion of dis­eases and lost pro­duc­tion,” Mr Maud­s­ley said.

“Ex­clu­sion fenc­ing is vi­tal to pro­tect live­stock and com­bat wild dogs.

“With the re­lease of new guide­lines for ap­pli­ca­tions, we urge pro­duc­ers to work with their lo­cal nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment groups and coun­cils to sub­mit pro­ject plans that could ben­e­fit their area.”

Mr Maud­s­ley said the $6 mil­lion from the State Govern­ment to­wards a new round of the Queens­land Feral Pest Ini­tia­tive over the next years was wel­come and a good start.

“The roll-out of fenc­ing sup­ported by govern­ment pro­grams has been a mas­sive boost for the Queens­land sheep and wool in­dus­try and needs to con­tinue as re­build­ing sheep num­bers helps build Queens­land’s re­gional com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

AgForce is call­ing for gov­ern­ments to al­lo­cate at least $5 mil­lion a year for fenc­ing in Queens­land.

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