After a review of public feedback, the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative scheme has revealed a focus on cluster fencing in its latest announcement of funding for wild dog management in regional Queensland.
A total of $12.5 million for cluster fencing will be divided between successful applicants, including the South West NRM which will receive $6 million.
The new Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson, also pledged an additional $550,000 to the Maranoa Regional Council.
“Funding allocations have been approved for eight projects that were assessed by an Oversight Group of industry and government representatives,” she says.
The focus of the funding has been directed towards drought-stricken regions with high densities of wild dog populations.
“These projects will take a multi-pronged approach, undertaking a range of activities such as cluster fencing, baiting and trapping, and weed management of the key pest plant prickly acacia.”
Local baiting and trapping programs will continue to receive support according to Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce.
“Major pests such as wild dogs, rabbits, mice and foxes are estimated to cost our agricultural industries more than $740 million each year in livestock losses, disease transmission and controls, and it’s estimated that weed management costs Australian farmers more than $3 billion every single year.
“A single wild dog for example can kill up to forty sheep in one night, so we must do all we can to help farmers protect their valuable stock at this critical time.”
Other successful applicants include Southern Downs Regional Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board and Desert Channels Queensland.