Stock route review in final stages

The review of Stock Routes management and related fee charges in Queensland was reaching the final stages before new legislation was introduced, LGAQ president, Cr Paul Bell, told the LGAQ executive meeting in Brisbane in December.

The review had been initiated by the LGAQ, Cr Bell said.

Six Stock Route Management Regulatory Impact Statement consultation sessions had been facilitated by the association during October, with concerns, comments and issues raised incorporated in the LGAQ submission to the state, which had received a total of 43 submissions.

“With the Regulatory Impact Statement agreed to and signed off on some time ago, the new fees will represent an opportunity for local government in Queensland to not only recoup the costs of managing and administering the stock routes, but are expected to turn a profit within two years,” Cr Bell said.

“The new fees are to be charged for travelling stock, emergency agistment, short-term agistment and the new Grazing Authorities,” he said. (Grazing Authorities were formerly Annual Grazing Agreements).

Cr Bell said the LGAQ submission to the state supported the proposed:
Development of the Stock Route Management regulation
Travel fees framework
Emergency agistment fee framework, with an amendment that local government would have the right to waive fees by council resolution or that Disaster Relief funding be amended to include reimbursement of emergency agistment fees
The Grazing Authorities fee framework, with these amendments: 1. That a concession or discount be applied in areas constrained by biodiversity and cultural heritage values and/or non-grazable vegetation, to acknowledge the reduced value of the grazing area, and 2. That local government be allowed a greater level of discretion by setting the minimum rental index to one per cent.

“There have been some concerns with the Grazing Authorities and the LGAQ submission proposed the state reconsider to allow them on fenced, active components of the network that are appropriately conditioned to ensure that travelling stock had priority and would have adequate feed and water supply,” he said.

The LGAQ is finalising its list of proposed representatives for the new Stock Route Assessment panel and the Stock Route Implementation Group.
Story and photo by permission LGAQ and Cole Communications

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