Nearly 600 km of total grazing pressure fencing funded in the Western region
04 August 2017
Western Local Land Services have offered 29 landholders contracts for total grazing pressure (TGP) fencing projects which will support better grazing management across the Western region.
With increased numbers of kangaroos and the continued presence of wild goats across the region, it is vital for landholders to have the appropriate fencing in place to ensure they manage this issue to maintain adequate groundcover and provide better pastures for domestic stock.
This round of projects was a continuation of the 2016 TGP program where previously unfunded applicants were given the opportunity to revise and re-submit their applications.
One of the successful applicants, Ryan Harris from “Manfred Station”, is looking forward to work commencing as he is confident some great outcomes will be achieved.
“We were really pleased to be offered a grant for this project as I believe the work that will be done will greatly assist our operation,” Mr Harris said.
“Grazing pressure from non-domestic animals has been an on-going issue for us as it has been for plenty of landholders so through the project we will hopefully be able to bring that under control.
“We are expecting many benefits from this project and are looking forward to work getting underway.”
As a result of the 29 funded projects:
- 590 km of TGP standard fencing will be erected
- an approximate area of 101,000 ha will be controlled
- an average funding investment of $8 per ha will be made with Local Land Services providing 50 per cent of the cost of fencing materials.
The projects were selected based on their merit and are distributed across the Western region:
- six projects in the west (Broken Hill - Tibooburra)
- nine projects in the south (Hillston – Pooncarie – Wentworth)
- 13 projects in the north-east (Cobar – Bourke).
Western Local Land Services Team Leader, Jenny Azevedo is pleased with the amount of projects going ahead and with the positive impact this will have throughout the region.
“To put this project in perspective, 590 km is effectively the distance from Broken Hill to Nyngan and the area covered is close to half the size of the Australian Capital Territory,” Ms Azevedo said.
“While these statistics are great and we get great satisfaction from them, we are well aware of the need to continue working with landholders to ensure long-term sustainable outcomes are achieved.”
If landholders would like further information about this program, they can contact Ms Azevedo (02) 6870 8622.
Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.