Producers and graziers across drought-affected areas of Queensland will receive a further $9 million to help manage pest animals and weeds as part of the federal government’s response to the ongoing drought.
Of the $9 million, $7 million will be allocated to the fight against wild dogs and $2 million for weed management, both key messages the Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister heard on their recent drought tour.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said this is about building long term resilience for drought affected farmers by preparing them for better seasons and future droughts through improved production.
Mr Littleproud said a cluster fencing project northwest of Quilpie in Queensland has shown what can be achieved.
“Before the cluster fences, farmers said they were losing sheep and experiencing lambing rates of 30 per cent or less. After the fences were put up lambing rates bounced back to over 80 per cent,” he said.
“This funding will also help local producers and graziers fight insidious weeds like Prickly Acacia and Parthenium found in central and southern Queensland.
“Parthenium, regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia, grows best in drought areas, as it competes with crops for nutrients and is toxic to cattle.”
Mr Littleproud said local councils in drought affected areas will be able to apply for a share in the funding and the timing of submissions will be announced in due course.
The $9 million in funding is on top of our $50 million commitment in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper for established pests and weeds nation-wide. As part of the White Paper a further $25.8 million was allocated specifically for pest and weed management in drought-affected areas.
Source: Australian Government