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Gilgunnia cluster fence draws a large crowd for open day

A crowd of close to 100 people have joined Western Local Land Services in acknowledging the completion of the largest cluster fence project in NSW at Gilgunnia on Monday.

Gilgunnia Cluster Fence group members, landholders, stakeholders, invited guests including Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and landholder Will Roberts, and Western Local Land Services all paid tribute to those involved in the project that has already proven to be a major success for those involved.

The open day and fence tour was held on “Penshurst”, one of the properties involved in the project, and consisted of a number of guest speakers including Gilgunnia Cluster Fence organiser, Dean Hague, Mr Coulton, Mr Roberts and Western Local Land Services General Manager, Erlina Compton.

Following a barbecue lunch, all attendees participated in a tour of the cluster fence with a number of stops to showcase the different aspects of the fence.

Mr Hague was pleased the open day gave everyone the opportunity to see the project and hear about how it came to fruition.

“There has been a lot of time, work and effort go into this project by a lot of people so to see it be such a success is very rewarding,” Mr Hague said.

“Hopefully the landholders that visited got an idea of what is involved in the project, what the benefits are and why it is such a good investment for landholders.

“It was also great some of the invited guests such as Mark Coulton could attend and see first-hand that the funding the Gilgunnia group received from the Federal Government has been put to good use.”

The Gilgunnia Cluster Fence project, which involved 16 landholders, 22 properties and saw 210 kilometres of fencing erected that enclosed 177,000 hectares, became a reality following a successful application for funding through the Australian Government’s 2016 Pest and Weed Drought Funding program.

Work commenced on the project in November 2016 and was only recently completed.

If landholders want more information on cluster fencing, they are encouraged to contact their nearest Western Local Land Services office.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.