Millions of dollars in cluster fencing grants support recovery in regions

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The Palaszczuk Government is providing another $5 million dollars in Cluster Fencing grants to drought-declared local government areas to help protect livestock against feral pests, while supporting job creation in the regional Queensland as part of the state’s plan for economic recovery.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funds were available through Round 5 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative which was an important component of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“These new grants are available for cluster fencing projects that complement existing activities and support the shared responsibility approach,” the Premier said.

“Construction will support councils and landholders in creating regional jobs.

“Under previous rounds, thousands of kilometres of protective fencing have been built around hundreds of sheep properties encompassing millions of hectares, which in turn has seen an almost doubling in lambing rates, and significant job creation.

“When I was in western Queensland earlier this year, I saw the benefits of this very important program.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said landholders wanting to discuss inclusion in Round 5 projects should contact their local government, industry group or regional NRM group.

“The success of our agriculture sector is a vital part of Queensland’s $8 billion plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, and funding like this will help them build on that success,” Mr Furner said.

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