Maranoa Regional Council, in partnership with Balonne Shire Council, is calling for expressions of interest from groups of landholders to establish a Collaborative Area Management Group and construct an exclusion fence for the control of wild dogs.
The State’s Queensland Feral Pest Initiative has provided funding for the Barrier Fence to Border Collaborative Area Management Project, which is a joint venture between Maranoa Regional Council and Balonne Shire Council.
The project proposes to support the construction of exclusion fencing across both Council areas, via a competitive application process by interested landholder groups located within the region and ‘inside’ (south of) the Wild Dog Barrier Fence. The funding from this project is to help fund 50% of material costs, and will be capped at $2700/km.
It is proposed that approximately half of the fence will be constructed in each of the local government areas (with priority given to groups that cross-over the council boundaries). Applications are now open and will close Friday, 6 October 2017 at 12 noon.
Councillor Wendy Newman, Portfolio Chair for Rural Services says that this is an important opportunity for landholders to work together in the fight against wild dogs.
“With wild dog numbers continually on the rise, constructing a wild dog barrier fence is a critical step forward in drastically reducing this pests’ impact on rural livelihoods.”
Applications will be assessed by elected members, wild dog chairpersons and an industry representative on merit and eligibility in accordance with the specified criteria.
For more detail, contact Council’s Environmental Health, Waste and Rural Land Service for copies of the Cluster Fencing Guide and Application/Expression of Interest Form on 1300 007 662 or email [email protected]