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Pest animals on the outer in the Gilgunnia area thanks to cluster fence

Landholders involved in the Gilgunnia cluster fencing project have reported immediate improvements in the management of pest animals and grazing pressure as the project nears completion.

The project, which has seen 210 km of fencing enclose 177,000 hectares, has been positively received by all involved and resulted in several landholders commit to using cluster fencing throughout the rest of their property to further control pest animals and restore groundcover.

In total 16 landholders (22 landholdings) were involved in the project, with works commencing in 2016 and due to conclude in the coming weeks.

Landholder Dave Worsnop of “Yarambie” believes the cluster fence is the best improvement that has been made to his property and looks forward to enjoying the benefits for years to come.

“In the 21 years I have been here it is the best improvement we have made, the positive impact it is having was pretty much noticeable straight away,” Mr Worsnop said.

“I’d done a bit before and when the project came along I was more than happy to be involved.”

Along with Mr Worsnop, Glenn Turner of “Penshurst” was also really pleased with the impact the cluster fence was having.

“We pretty much noticed the benefits straight away and we are looking forward to having more control over our pest animals and grazing pressure,” Mr Turner said.

“We are going to do more between my property and Dave’s off our own bat.

“Hopefully within five years we will have our entire property fenced with cluster fencing and Dave is doing the same and thinks he will be done within a year and a half.”

A lot of the work for “Penshurst” was undertaken by an Aboriginal youth working group from the local area.

Michael Mitchell, who was mentoring the workers, was really pleased with their attitude and the application they showed to the project.

“It has been great for them and they have really applied themselves to the work,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Just getting out of town and out here to work has been great, it is teaching them not only the farming skills but also life skills like getting to work on time, cooking their meals at night and helping and supporting each other.”

Any landholders that are interested in finding our more about cluster fencing should contact Senior Land Services Officer – Native Vegetation, Brian Dohnt on (02) 6836 1575.

The project was made possible through the Australian Government’s 2016 Pest and Weed Drought Funding Program.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.