Building a barrier to wild dogs in Central Queensland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce
Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson
16 March 2016
The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board with more than $5.2 million to assist landholders to construct cluster fencing to help keep out wild dogs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson, today heralded the start of the new project, under the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.
“Wild dogs are estimated to cost Australia’s agricultural sector as much as $66 million each year through livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs, not to mention the emotional toll,” Minister Joyce said.
“Cluster fencing is an important tool to protect farmers and their livestock.
“This project is part of a $15 million joint investment to prevent pests in drought-affected areas of Queensland, with the Australian Government committing $10 million in 2015–16 under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
“This will assist landowners to deal with pest animals and weeds at a time when their impacts on stock, pasture and groundcover are heightened.”
Minister Donaldson said the project was now underway, with the grant agreement for RAPAD signed and the invoice being paid.
“This funding will soon be delivering tangible benefits for drought-affected farmers on the ground in Central Queensland,” Minister Donaldson said.
“The impacts of wild dogs are felt even more keenly during periods of drought, and this is a key project to help farmers protect their valuable stock at this critical time.
“This project will play a critical role in the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative to proactively support wild dog, feral cat and other weed and pest animal management projects in Queensland.”
For more information on the $4 billion Ag White Paper, including the $25.8 million four-year national programme to manage pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas, please visit agwhitepaper.agriculture.gov.au
To find out more about the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au
or call 13 25 23.