Labor commits another $5.4 million to protect farmers

October 29, 2020

A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will provide another $5.4 million to safeguard Queensland’s vital agriculture industry, with more wild dog fencing and protection from disease.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extra funding will further protect farmers from invasive animals, pests and biosecurity threats.

“Our primary producers have been front of mind for Government through drought, floods, and now COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“We’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with our farmers to help them get on with business and support employment, and we won’t stop now.”

$4 million will be provided in Regional Agricultural Development Grants to fund more cluster fencing and other measures to help grow the sheep industry in Western and Southern Queensland.

“On my visits to rural areas I’ve seen firsthand the massive difference that wild dog fencing makes for sheep,” the Premier said.

“It instils confidence and security, increases productivity and creates employment.”

$1.4 million will be available in Biosecurity Grants, to equip local councils, industry groups and natural resource groups to prepare for and respond to biosecurity threats like Panama Disease and White Spot.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the boost to agriculture will ensure that one of the traditional backbones of the Queensland economy can grow and thrive.

“Labor’s agricultural policies are about supporting and growing the industry and the jobs it creates,” Mr Furner said.

“In contrast, the LNP cannot be trusted.

“Under Campbell Newman and Deb Frecklington, 600 staff were cut from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

“And the LNP’s headlong rush to a surplus can only be achieved with more cuts, which agriculture simply couldn’t sustain.”