Queensland Feral Pest Initiative
The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI) funds projects for invasive plant and animal management in drought-affected regions across the state.
Funding now open – round 5
The Unite & Recover economic recovery stimulus package includes funding of $5 million for cluster fencing, as part of the Queensland Government’s response to the unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Queensland Government is committed to working with the regions by building on actions already implemented and supporting actions taken in the short and medium-term; to sustain and create jobs now and into the future; build resilience; and take advantage of opportunities in a changing and challenging economic landscape.
How to apply:
Submit your application and supporting documents to email@example.com. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020.
About the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative
Since 2015, the Queensland Government has allocated $19.74 million to assist regional communities with the construction of cluster fences and the control of invasive plants and animals through the QFPI. This investment has been complemented with $14 million from the Federal Government.
The QFPI provides funding to eligible organisations including:
- National Resource Management (NRM) groups
- incorporated industry associations
- local government, regional organisations or an equivalent body
Eligible organisations must develop regional projects through consultation with affected stakeholders that may include:
- local government, regional NRM groups
- primary producers
- wild dog committees
- landcare groups, catchment management groups, environmental organisations and other community groups
- local training and employment organisations
- Indigenous groups
The QFPI Oversight Group governs the development and implementation of the initiative and includes representatives from:
- Non-government: AgForce, Queensland Farmers Federation, Local Government Association of Queensland, NRM Regions Queensland, Queensland Conservation Council, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
- Government: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Department of Environment and Science.
For more information please direct enquires to QldFeralPestInit@daf.qld.gov.au
Funding of $15 million was allocated in 2016, for invasive plant and animal projects. This included wild dog cluster fencing, wild dog control programs and invasive plant management with the construction of approximately 5,000 kilometres of cluster fencing in priority sheep growing areas within Queensland.
Organisation Project name Status* Southern Downs Regional Council Increasing Community support and participation in wild dog management activities in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Council areas Completed South West NRM Collaborative Area Management Phase 2 Completed Goondiwindi Regional Council Goondiwindi Regional Council coordinated feral pest project Completed Maranoa Regional Council Maranoa Regional Collaborative Area Management Plan Completed Quilpie Shire Council Quilpie Shire/SWRED wild dog on ground action plan Completed RAPAD Central Western Queensland and Flinders Region strategic fencing initiative Completed Desert Channels Queensland Tackling prickly acacia through aligned weed management Completed Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Improve feral cat management in eastern Australia in partnership with universities, state government and not for profit land management agencies and other invasive species management research agencies Completed
Funding of $8.84 million was allocated in 2017, for invasive plant and animal projects. This also included wild dog cluster fencing, wild dog control programs and invasive plant management, with construction of approximately 2,000 kilometres of cluster fencing added to priority sheep growing areas across Queensland.
Organisation Project name Status* RAPAD Central Western Queensland and Flinders Region cluster fencing Completed Cape York NRM Reducing the economic and environmental impacts of high priority weeds in the Cape York region Completed Desert Channels Queensland Northern Lake Eyre Basin prickly acacia eradication program - Stage 3 Completed Fitzroy Basin Association Dawson Catchment Integrated Vertebrates pest control (DCIV) Completed Southern Queensland NRM (formerly Queensland Murray-Darling Committee) Eradicating breeding population of rabbits in local area and strategic deer control in targeted areas In delivery Townsville City Council Yellow crazy ant program, Nome Townsville Completed Goondiwindi Regional Council Goondiwindi Regional Council Stage 2 cluster fence project Completed Maranoa Regional Council Barrier fence to the Queensland border Collaborative Area Management Project In delivery Western Downs Regional Council Pests, partnerships and people power in the Western Downs In delivery Southern Gulf NRM Prickly acacia management on Lawn Hill, Punjaub and Neumayer Valley Stations to stop the spread and reduce the density Completed Balonne Shire Council Maranoa-Balonne: targeted monitoring, aerial baiting and trapping program for inaccessible areas In delivery McKinlay Shire Council McKinlay mesquite common area eradication program In delivery Cassowary Coast Regional Council Koster's curse (Clidemia hirta) Completed Southern Downs Regional Council Strategic cross border wild dog control and landholder capacity building Completed Longreach Regional Council Snake cactus control project In delivery Southern Queensland NRM (formerly South West NRM) Collaborative Area Management Phase 3 Completed Hinchinbrook Shire Council Effective management of coastal feral pig population in the Hinchinbrook Shire Completed
Funding of $1.9 million was allocated in 2018 to support Local Governments in regional areas to capacity build with the aim of increasing and improving landholders' pest management activities through support and mentoring.
Organisation Project name Status* RAPAD QLD wild dog control coordinators project In delivery Southern Downs Regional Council SDRC Invasive Pests Control Scheme - a model for Queensland local government In delivery Barcoo Shire Council Capacity building of Barcoo Shire landowners to meeting biosecurity obligations In delivery Winton Shire Council Capacity building of Winton Shire Council landowners to improve biosecurity obligations and responsibilities including wild dog management In delivery Maranoa Regional Council Pests without borders In delivery Barcaldine Regional Council Barcaldine Regional Council - Good Neighbour Program In delivery Bulloo Shire Council Bulloo Shire biosecurity enhancement project In delivery
Funding of $7 million was allocated in 2019 for invasive plant and animal projects, including wild dog cluster fencing, wild pig and invasive plant control projects. This also contributed to the construction of approximately 2,000 kilometres of cluster fencing in priority sheep growing areas within Queensland.
Organisation Project name Status* RAPAD Central Western Queensland Round 3 cluster fencing program In delivery Fitzroy Basin Association Dawson and Isaac Catchment integrated pest control (DICIPC) In delivery Western Downs Regional Council Utilising all tools in the toolbox for wild dogs in the Western Downs Regional Council In delivery Maranoa Regional Council Maranoa Collaborative Area Management Project - Stage 3 Early implementation Goondiwindi Regional Council Goondiwindi Regional Council Stage 3 Cluster Fencing project In delivery Southern Gulf NRM Flinders River Catchment prickly acacia eradication program In delivery Whitsunday Regional Council Increasing local government capacity in feral animal control programs in the Whitsunday Region and to improve economic and environmental outcomes In delivery Southern Downs Regional Council Building a sustainable sheep and wool industry through exclusion fencing in the Southern Downs Early implementation Southern Queensland NRM QFPI Round 3 - Southern Queensland NRM In delivery
Funding of $1 million was allocated in 2020 for invasive plant and animal control projects, including wild dog, European fox, yellow crazy ants, capacity building and invasive plant and control projects.
Bulloo Shire Council
Bulloo Shire Invasive Animal Management Project
Southern Queensland NRM
QFPI Round 4 - SQL Hudson Pear
Fitzroy Basin Association
Fitzroy Basin Coordinated Action for Pest Control
Gladstone Regional Council
Central Queensland Fox Control
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Coordinated Cactus Control
Whitsunday Regional Council
Whitsunday Yellow Crazy Any Baiting and Surveillance Program
Wide-Bay Burnett Regional Organisations of Council
Halting the march down the Burnett – A cross-jurisdictional approach for the management of rubber vine and hymenachne in the Burnett catchment
- Early implementation: the project is being rolled out and whilst some on-ground works may have started, others are still being developed
- In delivery: all on-ground works and project activities are in full delivery
- Complete: the final project report has been submitted and finalised