​Media Release

Funding the fight against pests in Queensland

16 January 2018

The Coalition Government has invested $1 million to help Queensland farmers control feral animals and weeds on drought-affected land. 

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said pests and weeds meant less money in farmers' pockets.  

"Pests are an even bigger problem for farmers during drought, so this investment will help those who are doing it tough," Minister Littleproud said. 

"The money will help build cluster fences that control wild dogs, fund pest baiting, shooting and trapping programs, and help with weed control programs. 

"The Coalition Government has already invested $12 million in Queensland controlling wild dogs, and wool producers are seeing fewer sheep killed. 

"We committed $25.8 million in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper for pest control in drought-affected areas across Australia, on top of a further $50 million for established pest animals and weeds nationally. 

"Constructing wild dog fences will also create new jobs in drought affected communities where people need work the most.  

"This builds on the $12 million worth of projects already provided to support drought-affected regions across Queensland. The Coalition will continue to deliver for farmers in this important area of policy."