The seven local government areas of the central west have welcomed the state governments continued investment in the Queensland Feral Pest Program to build more cluster fences in the region.
Visiting Longreach and Barcaldine this week the Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk has announced 5 million dollars to help fund fencing to improve profitability in the sheep and wool industry which will also boost the local economy in the central west and south west.
“RAPADs cluster fencing program has proven time and time again it is highly successful because it's proven to deliver significantly increased lambing rates, created jobs and boosted the economies of local towns,” Remote Area Planning and Development Board, Chair Tony Rayner said.
RAPAD has administered $9m worth of cluster fencing since 2012.
“Seven per cent of the region has 1.7 million hectares fenced and more productive because of the earlier schemes,” Councillor Rayner said.
Economic modelling shows cluster fencing has injected an additional $30m into the regional economy each year and created more than 200 jobs.
“We thank the Premier for the government’s continued funding of the initiative and applaud its commitment to regional economies,” Councillor Rayner said.
“We understand the funding will be shared between the south-west and the central west, and RAPAD will be putting its hand up again to deliver this project in our region,” he said.
For more information about how RAPAD’s focus on bringing back the sheep is driving economic growth visit notjustafence.org.au