THE National Wild Dog Action Plan in collaboration with the Remote Area Planning & Development Board (RAPAD) have proclaimed the success of cluster fencing for wild dog control in a video today.
The new video focuses on a cluster fencing project in central western Queensland.
Joint funded by the Federal and Queensland Governments the initiative aims to keep livestock in and invasive species such as wild dogs out.
Morgan Gronold, special project manager RAPAD said the region is currently erecting 2563 kilometres of fencing as part of the program.
Mr Gronold said this would protect 1.5 million hectares and encompass 124 properties in 23 clusters.
“Prior to the fences being built, the impact of wild dogs was costing producers in the region millions of dollars a year from stock losses and reduced lambing percentages,” he said.
Chris Edgerton, member of Barcaldine Wild Dog Advisory Group and the Lagoon Creek cluster said that the fencing is a vital answer in supporting and saving the wool industry in the region.
“Cluster fencing has let us evolve into the next stage of control, which is to potentially eradicate the dogs out of an area.
“It has given producers a chance to manage grazing pressures, enhance biosecurity controls and given us a lot of advantages we have never had before,” he said.
Me Edgerton said the fences were only part of the answer.
“It is important people remain vigilant and ensure they continue to shoot, trap and bait,” he said.
For more information visit:
- National Wild Dog Action Plan website.
- RAPAD website.
- Best Practice Wild Dog Control information site.