3 September, 2020
Big benefits from cluster fencing
The Remote Area Planning and Development Board is advocating for the progression of strategic cluster fencing within its area of jurisdiction, and is calling for expressions of interest from graziers interested in joining with neighbours to exclusion fence their properties.
RAPAD has been advocating to the Queensland and Australian Governments for the progression of strategic cluster fencing in the Local Government areas of the Central West and North West, including Barcaldine, Longreach, Blackall-Tambo, Winton, Barcoo, Boulia, Richmond, McKinlay and Flinders shires.
Eligible landholders and groups who want financial assistance to build strategic cluster fences and or link existing exclusion fences are encouraged to submit an expression of interest before September 18, 2020.
On June 24, the Queensland Government announced five million dollars for more wild dog fencing in western Queensland as part of its Covid-19 economic recovery.
RAPAD has administered all earlier rounds of cluster fencing that has delivered six million dollars in direct wages circulating through the region and created 150 new jobs.
"If the promised five million dollars of fencing is delivered in the RAPAD region in the next two years, it will deliver 55 more jobs, 12 million dollars of leveraged local spending and 15 million dollars in increased property income," RAPAD Chair Tony Rayner said.
"Landholders have until 5.30pm on September 18. 2020, to submit their EOI, and I encourage anyone who is interested in future fencing to do so.
"An EOI gives the Government a clear understanding of interest and is needed to give them confidence to release further funding," Councillor Rayner said.
This is an expression of interest, and submission of a completed EOI does not guarantee funding.
Further application processes will be required for successful clusters.
For further information or support submitting an EOI, contact Morgan Gronald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0448 739 759.