WILD DOG PROTECTION: The Balonne Shire have held a forum on wild dog exclusion fencing.
WILD DOG PROTECTION: The Balonne Shire have held a forum on wild dog exclusion fencing. Cassandra Glover

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MORE than 90 landholders congregated at the St George Cultural Centre to have their questions answered about wild dog exclusion fencing on Tuesday.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the forum went well, with a significant amount of property owners satisfied with the aspects covered.

"The Balonne Shire didn't want anyone leaving with any misconceptions of what council might or might not do,” he said.

"The council is looking at the Longreach model, where council borrows a sum of money and, through expressions of interest by the pastoralist, the council will then build the fence and a special rate is applied to be repaid over a 20 year period.

"It was a very positive outcome from both the listener and presenter's point of view, there were many reasons why the community would take on the Longreach model and equally the amount for private financing and that is really what the individual needs to decide.”

Cr Marsh emphasised that council had not made a decision yet.

"The council is very enthusiastic but we have to go through the process,” he said. "Once all the questions have been answered we will make a decision and either proceed or advise an alternative action.”


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