GOOD FEED: Grazing at Mingo Crossing.
GOOD FEED: Grazing at Mingo Crossing. Alex Treacy

Council waives its fees for agistment

NORTH Burnett Regional Council has adopted a motion to forego (or refund) its 50 per cent portion of fees for Stock Route Grazing (Agistment) Permit applications.

The State Government will continue to collect its 50 per cent portion for applications approved under the Stock Route Management Act 2002.

This discount on permits will be in place during periods of drought declaration, or following a nominated bushfire event for the 2019-20 financial year.

The North Burnett local government area was drought declared by the State Government as of September 1.

As a result of this, and recent bush fires in the Hawkwood area, the council is offering to waive half the fees on Grazing Permits only.

The council's report on the motion said that "recent dry conditions have impacted primary producers with an increase in agistment applications by graziers,” and that the Hawkwood blaze created an "urgent need” for some graziers to agist.

The discount doesn't include travelling stock permits as these are often itinerant drovers from outside the region.

Fines may be incurred if you do not follow the conditions of your permit.

Fees will be refunded on grazing permits granted since September 1.

Application forms can be obtained from any of the council's administration offices or by logging onto the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website at bit.ly/SRGpermit.

If you need assistance to complete an application, please contact the council's environmental services staff.

Completed applications can be handed in to any of the council's customer service centres, emailed to admin@northburnett .qld.gov.au or mailed to PO Box 390, Gayndah, QLD

4621.

Each application requires a map of the area you wish to graze and a Public Liability-Certificate of Currency for no less than $20million.

Each application will take up to a minimum of five working days to process.

Stock Route Grazing (Agistment) Permits are valid for a maximum of 28 days and can be renewed once only.

For further information regarding this media release, please contact the council's environmental services staff on 1300696272.


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