UPGRADE: Works are underway on a 13km section of the rabbit fence at Cullendore. Chairman of the DDMRB Cr Ross Bartley said the work was timely.
UPGRADE: Works are underway on a 13km section of the rabbit fence at Cullendore. Chairman of the DDMRB Cr Ross Bartley said the work was timely. Emma Boughen

Cullendore rabbit fence gets well-deserved upgrade

A MUCH needed facelift has been given to a 13km section of the rabbit fence at Cullendore.

The work started in August last year and is one of the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board's (the last rabbit board in Queensland) largest runs for some time.

"We identified we had the resources so we jumped at the chance while the going was good," DDMRB chairman Ross Bartley said.

"The old fence wasn't faulty but there was potential where the posts had rotted out and if they had gone down it could have opened the flood gates so to speak."

The rabbit population continues to affect the Southern Downs region due to the colder climate enjoyed by rabbits for breeding within the DDMRB controlled area.

As the last fully maintained fence in Australia the DDMRB run stretches for 555km from Mt Gipps to Goombi where it joins up with the Wild Dog Barrier Fence.

It protects 28,000 square km of property, eight local authorities and each week the entire length of the fence is checked by DDMRB employees.

The DDMRB employee patrolling the 13km of new fencing at Cullendore is Paul Morrish.

To date there has been approximately 10km of fencing completed with another three to go.

Since August last year there have been three to five permanent employees of the DDMRB work on the fence.

The tender went out to four suppliers, won by Olsen's Produce, while all wire was supplied by Warratah.

DDMRB CEO Renee Mackenzie said due to the easy terrain each kilometre of fence costs about $20,000. Each kilometre of extreme terrain costs about $25,000.

"This is a significant investment for the board. We're calling it a 50-year fence," she said.

The fence stands at 1220mm high with an apron of 200mm underground.