$10 million extra to combat feral animals and weeds

Thursday, December 19, 2019
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Minister for Drought David Littleproud has announced another $10 million in funding for drought-affected farmers and land managers to fight feral animals and weeds.

183 councils will be eligible to apply for project funding, with applications for the programme now open.

Feral animals and weeds cost farmers around $5 billion each year - a significant proportion of that is due to the impacts of wild dogs on vulnerable livestock.

Drought and Flood Agency staff were in North Queensland throughout December to learn more about the wild dog problem.

Minister Littleproud said farmers have seen a significant improvement on properties with wild dog fencing, with lambing rates rising from seven to 80 per cent in some places.

Exclusion fencing also opens up nature corridors, helping endangered native animals such as small marsupials return to drought-hit areas.

The announcement brings the government’s investment in pest animal and weed management to more than $50 million.