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Wild dog exclusion fence completed

Maranoa Regional Council, in partnership with V Gate Collaborative Area Management Group, South West NRM Ltd, and the Neabul Wallam Cluster Group, has completed the Maranoa Collaborative Area Management Project.

The Maranoa Collaborative Area Management Project was funded under the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative and involved installing 202kms of exclusion fence to help control the wild dog population, therefore helping protect the livelihoods of the landowners. 

Councillor Wendy Newman, Portfolio Chair for Rural Services, said exclusion fencing remains a popular method of controlling wild dogs across the Maranoa.

“Approximately 32% of the landmass in the Maranoa region is now behind some form of exclusion fence,” said Cr Newman.

“Both Council and the community recognise the important role that these fences play in both the economic sustainability and state of mind of our rural producers.”

The ongoing impact of drought conditions in the region has highlighted the need to ensure that the land can be as productive as possible.

V-Gate Collaborative Area Management Group President, Bruce Foott said it’s great to see the fence completed - it’s been a long road since the idea was first floated back in 2013 at a Landcare meeting.

“There was some pretty rough terrain, including sheet rock, brigalow melon holes and major creeks that required innovative solutions, but I’m confident that the standard of work completed will provide an effective wild dog barrier for years to come,” Mr Foott said.

The Maranoa Collaborative Area Management Project has helped increase employment in the community, increased the health and wellbeing of benefited landholders and directly injected $1,079,075 into the local economy. 

Maranoa Regional Council has identified the important role that small stock, particularly sheep, has in the long term economic prosperity of our region and is proud to have been successful in obtaining the funds to allow these projects to come to fruition.

The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative has received funding through the Queensland Government to support the growth of a productive and prosperous food and fibre sector in Queensland.  Funding has also been provided through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.