$6 million now available to put the bite on wild dogs and pests

Published: Comments:
Business Business & Economy Political Primary Industries Queensland Government

Social:   

Protecting farmland from the ravages of wild dogs and invasive pests will be the target of round three of the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $6 million in new funding would deliver approximately 2000 kilometres of cluster fencing across Queensland.

“We know wild dogs pose a huge problem for producers in western and southern Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“That’s why my government has allocated more than $36 million for the construction of cluster fencing since 2015.

“This latest round of funding delivers on our election commitment to provide $5 million for cluster fencing and is complemented by an additional $1 million allocated for cluster fencing in the last State Budget.

“It will build on the great work done under the first two rounds of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative which saw almost 7000 kilometres of cluster fencing built on 423 properties in priority sheep growing areas.

“A robust and thriving sheep and wool industry will help revitalise some of our regional centres, bringing more money and more job opportunities into them.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the funding was focused on providing cluster fencing within sheep and wool producing areas with the goal of returning large numbers of sheep to those regions.

“The dramatic fall in sheep numbers in Queensland from 17 million in 1990 to just two million in 2016 contributed significantly to a decline in regional jobs and the regional economy,” Mr Furner said.

“However initial data coming out of the completed cluster fence projects indicates that lambing rates and sheep numbers have increased dramatically in most areas.

“Reports from the ground indicate lambing rates have increased from 40 per cent to upwards of 90 per cent and sheep numbers have almost doubled in some areas.”

Mr Furner said the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative targeted the effective management of invasive plants and animals in Queensland.

“Invasive plants and animals impact on the lives of all Queenslanders and cost Queensland’s agriculture industry more than $600 million annually in lost production and in control costs.

“They also degrade natural resources including remnant vegetation, threaten conservation of biodiversity and interfere with human health and recreational activities.

“Through this initiative, funding is allocated to support regionally agreed cluster fencing arrangements in areas with high wild dog density, as well as other invasive plant and animal control programs across Queensland.”

Applications for the funding can be made until 5.00pm Monday 23 November 2018 through eligible organisations including regional natural resource management groups, incorporated industry organisations and local governments.

Further information is available on the DAF website, www.daf.qld.gov.au, by emailing QldFeralPestInit@daf.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 25 23.

JOINT STATEMENT
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

 
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Palaszczuk Government to establish dedicated Office for Veterans 14 June 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government will establish an Office for Veterans to provide a more concentrated focus on veterans’ policies and services, the Premier announced in Parliament today. More information...
Trade outlook remains positive as export and investment agency continues vital work 11 June 2019 | The Queensland trade outlook will continue to be positive after the delivery of the State Budget. Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said the past year had seen significant progress made in... More information...
Strong endorsement for Queensland budget 12 June 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government’s jobs-focused budget has received strong endorsement from industry, economists and ratings agencies for maintaining a healthy surplus, investing in infrastructure and “transformat... More information...
Record budget delivers education infrastructure for our growing state 12 June 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government will invest a record $1.464 billion building new state schools and refurbishing, maintaining and expanding existing state schools right across Queensland. More information...
Call for Queensland's Australian of the Year nominations 09 June 2019 | With the State having acknowledged the next group of Queensland Greats and celebrated its 160th birthday, nominations are now also invited for the nation’s top honour – the 2020 Australian of the Year.  More information...
Parliamentary flood appeal raises vital funds 07 June 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked generous donors who have added $126,661.40 for victims of this year’s Queensland floods. More information...
$8 million prizemoney boost in time for Queensland Winter Racing Carnival 08 June 2019 | The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival has received a major boost with the news that thoroughbred TAB race meetings will receive an extra $8 million a year in prizemoney. More information...
Record Health Budget to cut outpatient wait times, employ more doctors and nurses and build new hospitals and services 09 June 2019 | Tuesday’s budget includes a big spend on health to treat more people, build more hospitals and employ more doctors, nurses and health staff. More information...
Eight more Greats awarded on Queensland's 160th birthday 06 June 2019 | Eight more Queensland Greats have joined the prestigious list of individuals and organisations to be honoured by their state as part of the annual Queensland Day celebrations. More information...
Origin Omen: Queensland Economy Going Strong 05 June 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed ABS data showing growth in the Queensland economy outstripping all other mainland states. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service