Collaborative Area Management: Exclusion fencing in South- West Queensland

The seven existing Collaborative Area Management or ‘cluster’ groups  were formed as part of a South West NRM (SWNRM), QLD state government funded initiative. These groups of landmanagers came together and formed associations, allowing them to purchase fencing materials at a reduced cost. These groups then built exclusion fences surrounding their properties, helping each other and sharing fencing equipment. Once these fences are completed, the groups will work to mitigate shared issues within the clusters. Some of these issues include non-domestic and feral animals which apply an unsustainable grazing pressure and wild dogs who predate on livestock.
The Collaborative Area Management project aims to increase diversity on properties, allowing landmanagers to continue with or return to sheep. The sheep and wool industry can then benefit local towns through increased employment.