14 July, 2020
Still riding high on the sheep's back
A FURTHER $5 million has been committed by the Queensland Government to the cluster fencing program aimed at providing wild dog barriers for sheep producers.
The funding is part of the State's COVID-19 Unite and Recover Queensland Plan and was announced when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Dunblane Station, Barcaldine last month.
"This is an investment to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of Queensland’s rural areas," Ms Palaszczuk said. "The funding will be delivered over four years with additional funding to come from the landholder."
RAPAD Chair and Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Mayor, Andrew Martin, was enthusiastic about the benefits the funding would provide to the region.
"We already have around 9000kms of cluster fencing in the region," Cr Martin said.
"This added investment is bloody good and it’s a true sign sheep are coming back. "This extra funding adds a lot of weight and value to our current study and really blends all potential markets for sheep producers."