The Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board maintains 555 km of Rabbit proof fence, which runs from Mt Gipps (near Rathdowney) to Goombi (between Chinchilla and Miles).
The Board’s job is to maintain the fence in Rabbit proof condition and to ensure the area inside the fence is kept free of Rabbits. This area consists of 19 Shires and 28,000 square kilometres. The Board employs approximately 15 men and maintains 8 houses along the fence for the patrolmen and their families. Although most of the patrols are now done by motor vehicle or quad bike, some patrols done on horseback or by foot, due to the rugged nature of the terrain.
When the fence was first constructed in 1893, the cost per mile was approximately $113.00 per mile. The last new fence to be put up in 1997 from Goombi to the Dingo Barrier Fence (approx. 24 kilometers) cost approximately $6500.00 per kilometer.
In most cases the Rabbit fence is 1220 mm high, and the foot-netting, where possible, is 200 mm into the ground.
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