The State Government plans to introduce new legislation governing management of stock routes in early 2016. This is the latest stage in the lengthy process of establishing a fair and equitable cost recovery model for the use of Queensland’s stock routes.
While stock routes will remain primarily for travelling stock, emergency agistment and short-term grazing, the LGAQ has negotiated changes enabling local governments to charge a fee for static grazing on the stock route network.
Councils could use the funds generated to manage stock routes and invest in improved pest and weed control, protect the environment and reduce fire risks. Under the new system, it will be the users of the route paying for its maintenance and management, rather than the ratepayers in a council’s area.