In 2016, and again in 2017, The Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), operating through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI), was successful in its bid to deliver projects under the Australian Government Pest Animals and Weeds (AGPAW) program for cluster fencing arrangements in areas with high wild dog density.
RAPAD has attracted two funding rounds worth in excess of $7m and this project will run through to December 2018.
The long term goal is for this funding to be the catalyst for growing jobs and achieving significant improvement in the profitability of regional businesses (both rural and non-rural) through the demonstration of the economic, social and environmental benefit of cluster fencing.
This funding is about more than just a fence, it is about:
- creating jobs in the region both directly, and indirectly along the supply chain and via the multipliers effect throughout regional communities;
- empowering people and giving them back control of their time, finances and wellbeing;
- delivering regional prosperity through reduced credit problems;
- growing employment opportunities and full sporting teams;
- enabling people to become better equipped to manage total grazing pressure and withstand future drought events; and
- as evidenced by RAPAD’s current proactive approach to the federal governments cooperative program, facilitating discussions and potential uptake of new models such as cooperatives.
Rd 1 funding of $5.25M funding was provided in early 2016. Round 1 has now been fully completed and acquitted to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the final report, which has been approved by the State Oversight Committee, has now been released and it is available here.
Round 2 Rd 2 funding of $2.35m:
- Will fund 31 producers;
- Will fence 794km and protect 396 473 ha from wild dogs;
- Will see a $6.43m private contribution or a 293% ROI for government;
- Will see sheep numbers grow from 103 552 to an expected 239 129, an expected increase of 135 578;
- Will generate an expected $2.87m in direct shearing, crutching and lamb marking wages per annum from the new expected total sheep numbers.
See interviews with various cluster group members on the RAPAD Youtube site