11 November, 2020
Wild dog exclusion fencing hits latest milestone
Primary producers from Dirranbandi are celebrating the beginning of a new era on their property, after becoming the first in the Balonne Shire to sign on with the council’s Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing Special Rate Scheme Round Two.
John and Mirella O’Sullivan of Wodonga were joined by Mayor Samantha O’Toole to mark the special occasion at the Council Chambers in St George, where Mrs O’Sullivan shared what this seemingly simple fencing will mean for their family business.
“Being able to control the wild dogs with exclusion fencing means we can start raising Merino wethers on our property,” she said.
“Once the fence is up we are looking to return wool production to Wodonga, which will be a first in the five years we’ve owned the property.”
Round two of the Special Rate Scheme was started by Council as a response to an overwhelming influx of local landholders who had spoken up about their need for Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing.
Mayor O’Toole said the wildly popular exclusion fencing schemes are boosting the local economy and employment opportunities not only through construction, but through renewed agricultural ventures like the O’Sullivans’.
“A return to small livestock like sheep and goats is truly a boon for our shire, which has historically been a sheep-producing district.
“Each milestone like this improves prospects for our region at large, whether it is through returning industries, or leveraging off those to create new opportunities.”