Supporting our neighbours – public land boundary fencing program

Supporting Our Neighbours was a $42 million NSW Government program to help bushfire affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands following the 2019-20 bushfires.

Program outcomes

Supporting Our Neighbours contributed funding for the reconstruction of 8,457km of fire damaged fencing bordering public lands, on 3,511 individual properties. 

Re-fencing had several positive outcomes for landholders, including:

  • support to generate income and maintain or return to business operations, particularly for primary producers with livestock
  • support for mental health
  • stronger neighbour relationships
  • feral animal exclusion.

The program’s final contract extension finished on 31 May 2023. Landholders have been provided options to finalise their contractual obligations including contract acquittal and the returning of funds where works are incomplete. The program is now in closure.

Supporting Our Neighbours program staff are available to discuss contract acquittal or returning funds by emailing

Case studies

Landholders have recognised the value of support provided by the Supporting Our Neighbours program in the early stages of recovery.

“Getting the funding support made a big difference. It allowed us to get the materials, get a contractor on and get straight to work.”

Program participant, Warren Allen from Adelong in the Riverina of NSW

Read about Warren Allen's case study "Greenview".

Fencing in a paddock with clearing either side.

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