Posted November 09, 2018 09:03:46 After years of discussion, a state government has agreed to pay $2.9 million to farmers who lost crops and livestock due to fence stings in the Kimberley.
The money will be used to help improve the safety of fences in the region.
More than $20 million in the deal is being earmarked for the Kimberleigh Community Trust.
The state government says it will fund the fence sting programme in four areas in the past three years, but it will not be the only fence-staging scheme to be funded.
The Kimberley Community Trust says it has more than 10,000 fences in its control.
“The government is not only committed to improving fences, they are committed to strengthening them,” Community Trust director Andrew Stoddart said.
“In the past 10 years the community has suffered significant losses due to the introduction of the fence and the fence industry has suffered a significant amount of damage.”
He said it was time for the state to move forward with the fence programme and not wait for other areas of the state.
“We are committed that in the next 12 months we will take a more ambitious and more detailed approach and implement it across the Kimberleys,” Mr Stoddard said.
Mr Stoppard said he was pleased with the government’s willingness to fund the project.
“They have come out with an ambitious plan, it is time to get it in place,” he said.
In a statement the government said it had “taken significant steps to improve the management of fence management and safety”.
“The state government will ensure that every fence is secure and in good working order before the completion of the program,” it said.
The announcement comes as the Government releases new data on the health of the country’s farms.
More people are dying of the disease, according to the latest statistics released today.
The health department released figures showing the number of people in the country who died from the disease more than doubled to 15,927 between January and December this year, compared to 11,935 in the same period last year.
The number of cases also increased, to 14,634 from 13,638.
Health Minister Jeremy Woodhouse said more than 400 farmers had died since December last year, with the worst affected in Western Australia.
He said the data showed the country had a “very serious and growing epidemic” of the coronavirus.
“There is no longer any justification for a barrier fence,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“A barrier fence, if you will, will help protect the people and their land, but not protect the environment.”
The government says the fence is a critical tool in preventing cattle escapes from the farm.
“These are fences that have been used for over a hundred years, in a number of different areas,” Mr Woodhouse told AM.
He added that it was the state government’s responsibility to “ensure that we have the best available technologies” for fencing. “
It’s not that we don’t want to have fence, we just want to make sure we can use the best possible technology to protect our cattle, and we are committed, as you know, to using the best technology to do that.”
He added that it was the state government’s responsibility to “ensure that we have the best available technologies” for fencing.
“This includes the ability to fence fences in all kinds of conditions and under all kinds, including heavy snowfall.”
The health minister said the fence project would be rolled out across the state over the next few months.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources said it is the first of its kind in Australia.
It said fencing will be a critical part of the system to control the disease.
The agency said fences are currently the only system available for control of the virus in Australia, but said it will work with other states and territories to increase the number and effectiveness of the systems.
“Fencing is a safe and effective tool to protect against the spread of coronaviruses,” the agency said in a statement.
While fences have been a part of Australian agriculture for many years, we are pleased that the government has chosen to work with the community and the wider community to introduce a fence that can help prevent the spread.”