More funding for feral pest control supports regions

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner

Cash grants worth $1.4 million for getting rid of feral pests are now available under Round 6 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI).

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the funding was critical to supporting the agriculturfe sector throughout regional Queensland.

“We have backed regional Queensland to succeed, and the success of our agricultural sector is a critical part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Mr Furner said.

“This funding will increase the capacity of local governments to manage the feral pests that are a problem for farmers in their communities.”

Mr Furner said through the QFPI, the Queensland Government had now committed $24.74 million over five years to support the construction of cluster fencing and the control of invasive plants and animals.

“This investment has been complemented by a $14 million investment from the Federal Government,” he said.

“This latest round aims to support local authorities and organisations in taking on more of their biosecurity responsibility by building their capacity to manage pest plants and animals.

“There is also fundng specifically for local governments to continue coordinated 1080 baiting programs. This is open to local governments that were previously supplied from the DAF-managed 1080 stockpile.”

To apply for QFPI Round 6 grants, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or call the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23. Applications close 28 April 2021.

Mr Furner said as with previous rounds, these grants would reduce the impact of feral pests while creating jobs in the regions and underpinning the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover Queensland Economic Recovery Package.

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