AgForce has welcomed the opening of applications for the next round of wild dog exclusion fencing funding, and urged the Queensland Government to ensure the money gets out on the ground as soon as possible.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said the continued Federal and State Government investment in wild dog fencing was helping to revitalise Queensland’s sheep and wool industry, create jobs and boost regional economies.
“Wild dogs have significant physical and financial impacts on the sheep, cattle and goat industries in Queensland through predation, the transmission of diseases and lost production,” he said.
“Exclusion fencing is vital to protect livestock and combat wild dogs. With the release of new guidelines for applications, we urge producers to work with their local natural resource management groups and councils to submit project plans that could benefit their area.”
Mr Maudsley said the $6 million from the State Government towards a new round of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative over the next years was welcome and a good start, but more needed to be done.
“The roll-out of fencing supported by government programs has been a massive boost for the Queensland sheep and wool industry and needs to continue as rebuilding sheep numbers helps build Queensland’s regional communities,” he said.
“AgForce is calling for both the Federal and State Governments to allocate at least $5 million a year to help meet the enormous demand for fencing in Queensland and ensure the job gets done properly and promptly.”
Featured Image: AgForce Queensland Livestock Policy Officer Michale Allpass. Image courtesy of AgForce