Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing

Balonne Shire Council has collaborated with rural landholders to construct Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing across the region.  The fencing protects small livestock such as sheep and goats from predation. 

Predation from Wild Dogs is the beginning of a chain reaction which affects small livestock numbers, employment,  the local economy, communities, and the Balonne Shire at large. 

In total, 1,900km of Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing has been constructed across the Balonne Shire, which is estimated to return $23 million to the local economy.

Currently, Council has no active Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing programs available.

Previous Schemes

  • The Special Rate Scheme is supporting 28 Balonne Shire landholders to build Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing on their properties. 

    These unique funding rounds are loans offering low repayments and a fixed rate over 20 years. The Special Rate Scheme is proving to be a more accessible and viable option for Balonne Shire landholders (compared to traditional financing or grant schemes). 

    Across the two rounds, Council's Special Rate Scheme is funding $6.7 million of Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing - about 600km. Current estimates suggest the fencing built under the Special Rate Scheme will give an economic return of over $9.4 million to the region.  

    All monies from the Special Rate Scheme Rounds 1 and 2 are now exhausted.

  • 58 properties at Dirranbandi and St George are building - or have already built - their Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing through the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program. 

    More than 973km of fencing has been constructed under the program, protecting farm land and designated environmental areas. 

    With an investment of $11.1 million, the program is expected to return $15.5 million to the local economy. 

    The Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program supports economic development projects in identified communities impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan. 

    For more on the Basin Plan, see the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website

    This project is proudly funded by the Australian Government and Balonne Shire Council, and is supplemented by co-contributions from landholders. 

    All monies from the MDBEDP grants are now exhausted. 

  • CCWI (Round 1) funding has helped 11 Balonne Shire properties build 123km of Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing. 

    The scheme began in 2019 with an $800,000 grant awarded to Council and shared among landholders. All fencing was completed by October 2020. 

    Across Australia, the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought (CCWI) has delivered more than $25 million to Councils in drought-affected areas. 

    The program objectives are to help communities manage pest animals and weeds during drought; reduce the impact of pest animals and weeds on agriculture and the environment and; contribute to broader national biosecurity objectives. 

    This project was proudly funded by the Australian Government.