Special Rate Scheme - Round 1 & 2

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Wild Dog Exclusion Fence Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to provide an economic catalyst and biosecurity program that proposes to:

  • Facilitate the growth of sheep numbers and create more employment in the region due to a higher labour ratio on sheep properties in comparison to cattle properties;
  • Take the fencing in the shire from 2870km to more than 4700km through the scheme of either $5 of $8 million in funding and leveraging a further $10-20 million in co-contribution funding and grant funding;
  • Overall provide an annual economic return of more than $15 million (modelling on 3173km of fencing @ $25 million, as 2872km of fencing is already under construction) primarily through the sheep and wool sectors with further economic benefit realised in cattle, other livestock and cropping;
  • Support smaller communities in the region that have endured population decline since the reduction in sheep numbers due to the transitioning to cattle and factors such as predation and disease resulting in the flow on effect of reduced employment in the region over the past 20 years;
  • Improve the capacity and provide a further option to borrow funds for those landholders who elect to participate in the scheme to control wild dogs on their properties;
  • A vehicle to re-build the sheep numbers in the region that has declined as a result of wild dog predation;
  • Reduce the impact of invasive animals and weeds, improving land management strategies;
  • Support diversification and choice for the landholders who wish to re-introduce sheep into areas that have been prone to wild dog predation;
  • Enables landholders to achieve improved animal welfare outcomes in protecting livestock from wild dog predation which will enable improved compliance with the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001;
  • Improvements in well-being and mental health issues for producers due to livestock and financial losses as a result of wild dog predation;
  • Improve biosecurity control and outcomes through the selection of strategic fencing;
  • BSC to provide leadership even during extended drought, meeting expectations of 110 landholders who have confirmed expressions of interest for a funding option that is more favourable and viable than traditional financing (fixed rate 20 year loan, low initial repayments and more accessible and present than grants);
  • Provide a framework for BSC to improve management and reduce costs associated with pests and weeds under the Biosecurity Act provisions; and
  • Overall, increase the economic prosperity of the region and the flow on effect to local and regional business and local government.