TRAVELLING STOCK: Property managers have expressed concerns about biosecurity as council reviews two travelling stock applications.
TRAVELLING STOCK: Property managers have expressed concerns about biosecurity as council reviews two travelling stock applications. Tobi Loftus

Biosecurity a concern as council considers travelling stock

NORTH Burnett property managers have expressed concerns about biosecurity as North Burnett Regional Council reviews two travelling stock applications for several hundred head to be walked through the region.

Dry conditions have seen inquiries submitted to council about travelling stock permits.

The applications being reviewed could see herds, from both local properties and from New South Wales, walked through the North Burnett west of Mundubbera and Eidsvold.

While the State Government has a network of dedicated stock routes under the Stock Route Management Act, which also includes roads by definition, council manages the permit system on behalf of the State and may only refuse an application for travelling stock if there isn't any pasture or water to sustain stock during the period of the permit or if there is a biosecurity risk (declarable weed or reportable disease only).

"A refusal for permit can however be reviewed and overturned by the government department responsible for the Act,” North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers said.

Cr Chambers said, on top of biosecurity, some property managers were also concerned about notification requirements.

"With biosecurity issues such as noxious weeds being a concern to both council and residents, council staff will attempt to identify routes with minimal declared weeds appropriate for use,” she said.

"Weeds such as African Lovegrass, which is widespread and not scheduled as an invasive species by the State under the Biosecurity Act 2014, will remain of high concern.”

Stock Routes and water reserves over which a Permit to Occupy is held, is still considered to be a Stock Route and can be utilised by travelling stock.

A drover is however required to give 48 hours notice to those holding a Permit to Occupy if appropriate signage for the permit and who to contact is displayed.

Further information on agistment and travelling stock permits can be obtained through council's natural resources management team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au.


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