Over four million hectares of the South west will be protected by cluster fencing as six new clusters are rolled out.
In what is described as the third phase of the South West’s NRM Collaborative Management Program, six new clusters including 16 landholders across 24 properties, will be established in the Balonne, Paroo, and Quilpie shires.
The projects also represent the first bonus clusters with the land encircled from other projects.
An economic report on cluster fencing in south west Queensland released this month has highlighted the success of the cluster fence program to date showing an additional $25.67 million in annual production can be generated by phase two of the CAM project that is already nearing completion.
Phase two, expected to be finalised by years’ end, has seen 1,885,690ha of land across Barcoo, Balonne, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, and Quilpie shires, protected. The new phase three project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
SWNRM Spokesman Jon Grant says economic modelling on the six new clusters indicate landholders have experienced economic impacts of more than $5.78 million each year due to feral pests and increased grazing pressure.
“Through implementation of the cluster fences, there is the potential to increase current stocking by 138,600 DSE, but more importantly, we have the ability to safeguard more than 53,660 head of sheep from future wild dog predation.”