Shires cluster support
MARANOA Regional Council has agreed to partner with Balonne Shire Council for a joint application to the Federal Government's Regional Growth Fund for Exclusion Fencing.
With a rapid increase in wild dog numbers, Maranoa councillor for development and rural services WendyNewman said exclusion fencing helped significantly in the long run and was a worthwhile investment.
"The wild dog problem has increased dramatically and has had an equally dramatic effect economically, so that is why the State and Federal Governments have looked at exclusion fencing funding as a valid way to invest money into agricultural area,” CrNewman said.
"This money has just become available through the Regional Growth Fund and we partner very well with Balonne Shire in this area and have shared problems, so we are very open to working with them.”
Cr Newman said if the council was successful with the funding under the Regional Growth Fund it would mean they could provide 50 per cent of the funding for exclusion fencing, with 50 per cent then available through long-term loan facilities.
"This would significantly decrease the cost to graziers wanting to put in exclusion fencing and at this stage council are very supportive and interested in submitting an expression of interest,” she said.