Farmers in drought-affected regions across Queensland are set to benefit from an additional $2 million in investment funds.
The money is to control established pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce, said the funding would build on the $15 million worth of projects nation-wide already provided under this measure and target areas of greatest need.
“The Coalition Government is helping limit the harmful impact of weeds and pest animals on farmers, the environment and our economy, which are felt particularly hard during times of drought,” Minister Joyce said.
“Using rainfall information to identify regions in the most need of this assistance, it was agreed that Queensland will receive $2 million, which is half of the additional funding in 2016-17 and NSW, Vic, SA, Western Australia will receive $500,000 each.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, who was joined by Minister Joyce to inspect a recently constructed cluster fence, to combat wild dogs in his electorate, welcomed the additional funding.
“Wild dogs are a serious pest here in the drought stricken Southern and Central Western parts of Maranoa, with farmers losing at least a month each year tackling the problem,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The final in a series of ABARES reports showed that on average, each landholder surveyed spent about 26 days and around $7,200 a year on wild dog management.
“I am proud to be part of a government that is taking decisive action to control and better target wild dogs.
“The funding of dog fencing is already playing an integral part in drought recovery plans, allowing producers to diversify into other livestock, like sheep and goats, which can create more immediate income streams"
"Our investment is delivering for our local economies with increased farm productivity and lambing rates, together with increased employment and spending in our rural towns,” Mr Littleproud said.