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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wild dog partnership with graziers, councils working for sheep and wool

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    Wild dog partnership with graziers, councils working for sheep and wool

    The sheep and wool industry in western Queensland is bouncing back.

    Over the last two years my Government had committed $31.2 million – in grants and loans – for wild dog exclusion fence construction to protect our flocks.

    We have committed to build up to 7500 kilometres of fences – the equivalent of four-and-a-half times the length of the Bruce Highway.

    Graziers and local councils have responded to our commitment of funding

    Round one of funding announced in late 2015 will support the construction of almost 5000 kilometres of fence, and are estimated more than 213,000 sheep to the region, $5.7 million in extra wages for shearing, crutching and lamb marking, and creating an extra 45 jobs.

    Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne has confirmed Round two funding will provide assistance with fencing for a further 135 properties.

    In addition, the $18 million loan to Longreach Regional Council will lead to the construction of another 2,500 kilometres of fencing.

    The Council estimates this will result in an extra 200,000 sheep to over five years,potential for 130 new jobs to the region, and boost population by 500 people over five years.

    I want to acknowledge our Wild Dog Commissioners – Mr Vaughan Johnson and Mr Mark O’Brien – for their expertise in guiding our investment.

    The LNP and its Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington has not supported our approach.

    On 11 January 2016, Ms Frecklington said: “The Palaszczuk Labor Government is clearly not interested in the impact wild dogs have on our grazing industries. Labor seems to believe the wild dog menace will be solved by shiny new fences being erected in cluster models promoted by individuals and some local shires.”

    My Government does believe “shiny new fences” work in response to the wild dog menace.

    We are in agreement with the graziers, communities and businesses that depend on prosperous sheep and wool industry.

    We also believe in upgrading key infrastructure and services.

    My Government is determined to continue to work with the graziers and councils to revive our great western Queensland sheep and wool industry.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791