Pest and weed management programs

​​​Pest animals and weeds can be a burden for farmers. They add pressure to pastures and groundcover on farms. Some animals also prey on grazing livestock.

This is made worse by drought.

We provide funding to help reduce the issues arising from pest animals and weeds. Our programs are open to local councils and state or territory agencies.

Local councils​

Grants for eligible councils in drought-affected areas.

The Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program — Biosecurity Management of Pests and Weeds is a $15 million program.

Applications closed for this program on 15 February 2019.

Projects by the successful councils are expected to be completed within 12 months.

Successful councils

 Recipient Purpose of Grant Up to value
($ GST not applicable)
Grant Funding Location
Winton Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 800,000.00 Winton, QLD
Barcaldine Regional CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 400,000.00Barcaldine, QLD
Murweh Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 600,000.00Murweh, QLD
Southern Downs Regional CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 1,000,000.00Southern Downs, QLD
Longreach Regional CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 880,000.00Longreach, QLD
Barcoo Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 900,000.00Barcoo, QLD
Goondiwindi Regional CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 454,260.00Goondiwindi,QLD
Balonne Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 800,000.00Balonne, QLD
Quilpie Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 900,000.00Quilpie, QLD
Western Downs Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 159,800.00Western Downs, QLD
Longreach Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 110,000.00Longreach, QLD
Maranoa Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 210,000.00Maranoa, QLD
Paroo Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 196,500.00Paroo, QLD
Winton Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 200,000.00Winton, QLD
Barcoo Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 80,000.00Barcoo, QLD
Diamantina Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 150,000.00Diamantina, QLD
Balonne Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 200,000.00Balonne, QLD
Boulia Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 100,000.00Boulia, QLD
Central Highlands Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 67,500.00Central Highlands, QLD
Charters Towers Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 60,000.00Charters Towers, QLD
Quilpie Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 100,000.00 Quilpie, QLD
Gladstone Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 366,200.00 Gladstone, QLD
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 500,000.00 Queanbeyan-Palerang, NSW
Narrabri Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 127,680.57 Narrabri, NSW
Tenterfield Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 776,300.00 Tenterfield, NSW
Goulburn Mulwaree CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 411,362.00 Goulburn Mulwaree, NSW
The Council of the Municipality of KiamaPest and/or weed management. $ 49,350.00 Kiama, Shellharbour, Wollongong, NSW (Consortium arrangement)
Bourke Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 926,000.00Bourke, Brewarinna, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Wentworth, NSW (Consortium arrangement)
Shire of YalgooWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 218,000.00Yalgoo, WA
Shire of EsperanceWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 955,982.73Ravensthorpe, Esperance WA (Consortium arrangement)
Shire of KentPest and/or weed management. $ 99,999.00Lake Grace, Kent, Jerramungup, Plantagenet, Cranbrook, Broomehill-Tambellup, Katanning, Dumbleyung, Woodanilling, Kojonup, Gnowangerup, Wagin WA (Consortium arrangement)
Shire of DalwallinuPest and/or weed management. $ 88,000.00Koorda, Morawa, Perenjori, Dalwallinu (Consortium arrangement)
Shire of ManjimupPest and/or weed management. $ 200,000.00Manjimup, WA
East Gippsland Shire CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 343,000.00East Gippsland, VIC
Benalla Rural City CouncilWild dog exclusion fencing.$ 42,000.00Benalla, VIC
Benalla Rural City CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 123,000.00Benalla, Moira VIC (consortium arrangement)
Kangaroo Island CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 55,500.00Kangaroo Island, SA
District Council of Karoonda East MurrayPest and/or weed management. $ 306,148.00Karoonda East Murray, Southern Mallee, Loxton Waikerie, SA (consortium arrangement)
Glamorgan Spring Bay CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 63,836.75Glamorgan, Spring Bay, TAS (consortium arrangement)
South Gippsland Shire CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 84,545.45South Gippsland, VIC
Coorong District CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 243,908.00The Coorong, SA
District Council of Orroroo CarrietonPest and/or weed management. $ 118,940.00Orroroo/Carrietcon, SA
Mount Barker District CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 33,900.00Mount Barker, SA
Wakefield Regional CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 200,000.00Wakefield, Light, SA (consortium arrangement)
Yorke Peninsula CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 31,350.00Yorke Peninsula, SA
Barunga West CouncilPest and/or weed management. $ 31,500.00Barunga West, SA
Colac Otway ShirePest and/or weed management. $ 200,000.00Colac-Otway, VIC
Rural City of Murray BridgePest and/or weed management. $ 35,437.50Murray Bridge, SA
Totals $ 15,000,000.00
 

Purpose

Grants were available for:

  • projects to manage pests and weed impacts
  • wild dog exclusion fencing projects.

Objectives of the program are to:

  • help communities manage wild dogs, vertebrate pest animals and weeds during drought
  • reduce the effect of wild dogs, pest animals and weeds on agriculture
  • contribute to our broader biosecurity objectives.

Benefits

Project funding will help:

  • create local jobs
  • boost economic activity
  • provide long-term benefits to communities where projects take place.

State and territory government

Funding projects in drought-affected areas. Managed through state and territory government agencies.

This is the Pest Animal and Weed Management in Drought Affected Areas Program. It is a $25.8 million program.

Access funding

Apply for funding through your relevant state or territory agency.

We provide funds to them and they decide:

  • eligible projects and organisations
  • funding priorities
  • how much funding you can apply for.

States will work with local organisations and councils in drought-affected areas. These groups will then work directly with local farmers.

Check available funding with your state or territory government.

Purpose

Eligible organisations can apply for funding to:

  • control weeds, or
  • manage the effects of pest and feral animals, such as broad-scale baiting.

Some activities may not be eligible. Check with your state or territory government.

Types of projects that will be prioritised:

  • cluster managed by a group of landholders working together
  • where state or territory governments have financial buy-in.

Benefits

Our goal is to improve:

  • groundcover and critical stock forage
  • landscape health in drought affected areas
  • stock survival.

Communities with funded projects will gain:

  • new job opportunities
  • increased economic activity
  • a boost to local agricultural suppliers and support services.

More support

See all drought and rural support we provide.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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