FARMERS in the region can receive funds toward building cluster fencing within sheep and wool growing areas.
FARMERS in the region can receive funds toward building cluster fencing within sheep and wool growing areas. Contributed

Help for farmers in fight against dog attacks

FARMERS in the region can receive funds toward building cluster fencing within sheep and wool growing areas.

Southern Downs Regional Council will submit applications on behalf of eligible landholders to receive funding provided through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.

The council will hold landholder meetings at Southern Traprock today, and Karara on Friday, November 9 to discuss the funding scheme.

Councillor Cameron Gow said the Southern Downs region was a prime candidate for cluster fence funding.

"This is a great opportunity for the region to secure a share of the $6 million of funds available to reduce the threat of wild dogs and support long-term sustainability for our sheep and wool producers," Cr Gow said.

Chairman of the Wild Dog Management Working Group Clive Smith said farmers can demonstrated a commitment to working together to manage the wild dog problem.

"Sheep numbers have declined sharply in the Southern Downs primarily because of wild dogs," Mr Smith said.

"Cluster fencing can help reverse the decline and reinvigorate the industry."

Statistics indicate lambing rates and sheep numbers increase in areas that erect cluster fencing, with some areas reporting increases of 90 percent.

The council is currently working with groups to submit applications for cluster fence funding, and is looking for expressions of interests from other sheep and wool producers in the Southern Downs region.

To qualify, farmers must so they are working with neighbours to form a cluster, recognised as primary producers by the ATO, already do or will run sheep, have existing sheep infrastructure, and have a track record of commitment to managing their wild dog problems.

Applications for funding. close on Friday, November 23 For more information, phone 1300 697 372.