​Media release

Strong de-fence against wild dogs in South Queensland

16 March 2016

The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing South West NRM Ltd with $6 million to assist landholders in the Balonne Shire build cluster fencing to help keep out wild dogs and monitor their impact in the area.

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.

“We need to have as many defences as possible to protect farmers from the devastating impact wild dogs can have on farms,” Minister Joyce said.

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.

“This is part of a $15 million joint investment to prevent pests in drought-affected areas of Queensland, with the Australian Government committing $10 million under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

“This will help landowners deal with the impact of pest animals and weeds at a time when their effect on stock, pasture and groundcover are heightened.”

Minister Donaldson said the South West NRM’s pioneering project could now go ahead after all the agreements were signed and funding finalised.

“This funding will soon be delivering tangible benefits for drought-affected farmers on the ground in the Balonne Shire Council area,” 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 nationally to manage pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas, 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.