SOUTH-WEST Queensland graziers are being offered loans of up to $1.3 million to help fund their share in private exclusion fencing cluster projects.
Graziers who have accessed funding from the Maranoa Collaborative Area Management Project can access additional sustainability loan assistance from the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.
The loans offer graziers up to $1.3 million to help fully or partially fund their share of the cluster fence.
Fourth generation grazier Scott Counsell said a sustainability loan helped fund an exclusion fence around his property in western Queensland to secure the future of his enterprise.
“We couldn’t viably run our sheep operation due to the increased presence of the pests and predators.
“The huge numbers put pressure on what little pasture was left,” he said.
With the sustainability loan, he was able to fence a large portion of his enterprise under tough seasonal and financial times.
“Our business was able to purchase fencing materials and then construct the exclusion fence to enclose approximately 22,000 acres quickly,” Mr Counsell said.
QRIDA regional area officer, Emily Mayer said the sustainability loan was a great way for producers to roll out their fencing plans immediately to prevent further damage from feral pests.
“The sustainability loan can help with anything from clearing and establishing the existing site, to purchasing fencing materials and covering the cost of contractors and dry hiring machinery.
“Installing an exclusion fence can help graziers improve the viability of their enterprise especially during the drought,” Mrs Mayer said.
“Eradicating the feral pests from their property will relieve the stress of their livestock and pastures.”
Graziers in the Maranoa region interested in knowing more about these low-interest loans can contact Emily in Roma on Freecall 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au for more information.