Applications for Round 3 funding now open
Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding. Applications should be prepared in accordance with the Round 3 Applicant guidelines and supplementary information. Application forms should be submitted electronically by emailing the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative at QldFeralPestInit@daf.qld.gov.au
Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 23 November 2018.
For further information, contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 or email the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative at QldFeralPestInit@daf.qld.gov.au
The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative supports projects for invasive plant and animal management.
Since 2015, the Queensland Government has committed $19.74 million to assist regional communities with the construction of cluster fences and the control of invasive plants and animals. This investment has been complemented with $13 million from the Federal Government.
The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative provides funding to eligible organisations including:
- regional natural resource management (NRM) groups,
- incorporated industry associations,
- local governments and
- a regional organisation of local governments or equivalent body.
Eligible organisations must develop regional projects through consultation; with affected stakeholders that may include
- Primary producers,
- Local governments,
- Regional national resource management (NRM) groups,
- Landcare groups,
- Wild dog committees,
- Catchment management groups,
- Local training and employment organisations,
- Indigenous groups,
- Environmental organisations and
- Other community groups.
The Queensland Feral Pest Initiative Oversight Group (the Oversight Group) oversees the development and implementation of the initiative. The Oversight Group includes government and non-government representatives from:
- Queensland Farmers Federation,
- Local Government Association of Queensland,
- Natural Resource Management (NRM) Regions Queensland,
- Queensland Conservation Council,
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland,
- Centre for Invasive Species Solutions,
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF),
- Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRME), and
- Department of Environment and Science (DES).
Applications now open
The Queensland Government is investing a further $6 million in the construction of cluster fencing in western and southern Queensland. The investment is part of the 2017 State election commitments and 2017-18 State Budget. An additional $1 million of funding from the Federal Government is also available for invasive plant and animal management in Queensland areas that are or were drought declared as at 1 July 2018. Queensland drought declarations can be found on the Long Paddock website at www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au
The Queensland Government is releasing this combined $7 million as Round 3 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.
Round 1 funding of $15 million was allocated from 2015. The successful Round 1 projects include:
- Southern Downs Regional Council, to increase community support and participation in wild dog management in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Council areas, including aerial baiting in inaccessible areas.
- South West NRM Ltd, to assist landholders construct cluster fencing for wild dog management, including parts of Balonne Shire Council, and facilitate monitoring to measure the impacts of wild dogs.
- Goondiwindi Regional Council, to assist landholders construct cluster fencing for wild dog and feral pig management.
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, to 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.
- Maranoa Regional Council, to assist landholders construct cluster fencing for wild dog management.
- Quilpie Shire Council, to boost wild dog control in the area with additional wild dog trappers over a three year period.
- Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board, to assist landholders construct cluster fencing for wild dog management.
- Desert Channels Queensland, to tackle prickly acacia through supporting key drought affected properties in the Desert Channels, Flinders and McKinlay areas with weed treatment and strategies that help stop weed spread.
Round 2 funding of $8.84 million was allocated from 2016. The successful Round 2 projects include:
- RAPAD—Central Western Queensland and Flinders region cluster fencing
- South West NRM—Collaborative Area Management Phase 3 cluster fencing
- Cape York NRM Ltd—priority feral pest and weed management
- Cassowary Coast Regional Council—Kosters Curse weed management
- Balonne Shire Council—monitoring, baiting and trapping program
- Southern Downs Regional Council—cross border wild dog control
- Desert Channels Queensland—prickly acacia eradication
- Hinchinbrook Shire Council—feral pig management
- Southern Gulf NRM—prickly acacia management
- Queensland Murray-Darling Committee—rabbit control
- Queensland Murray-Darling Committee—deer control
- McKinlay Shire Council—mesquite eradication
- Longreach Regional Council—snake cactus control
- Townsville City Council—yellow crazy ant program
- Western Downs Regional Council—coordinated pest programs
- Maranoa Regional Council—cluster fencing
- Goondiwindi Regional Council—cluster fencing
- Fitzroy Basin Association—wild dog, feral cat and pig control
Round 2.2 funding of $1.9 million was also allocated in 2016, as a subset of Round 2. The successful Round 2.2 projects include:
- RAPAD—Three wild dog coordinators for three years to cover western Queensland to assist landholders
- Queensland to assist landholders
- Barcoo Shire Council—Additional officer over three years to build capacity of Barcoo Shire landowners to meeting biosecurity obligation
- Winton Shire Council—Additional officer over three years to build capacity of Winton Shire Council landowners to improve biosecurity obligations
- Maranoa Regional Council—Additional officer over three years to build landholder capacity in Maranoa and neighbouring shires
- Barcaldine Regional Council—Additional officer over three years to progress the Barcaldine Regional Council Good Neighbour Program
- Southern Downs Regional Council—Additional officer to deliver a compliance and property level pest management planning function
- Bulloo Shire Council—Employment of a part-time Biosecurity liaison officer to build capacity amongst local landholders.
Contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.