Infrastructure upgrade for Queensland stock routes

By Melissa Coade

Wednesday September 1, 2021

“Yes, it’s true. They’re going to improve our walkway.” (FiledIMAGE/Adobe)

The Queensland state government has announced that nine local councils will receive funding for maintenance and capital projects along its 72,000km stock route network.

The works, which include desilting dams and replacing or installing new solar-powered water pumps, will take place from McKinlay Shore in the north west to Goondowinidi on the Queensland border. 

Resources minister Scott Stewart said the investment was part of the government’s $18.5 billion commitment to the agriculture sector, recognising the key role of the network that feeds up to 330,000 head of stock each year. 

“These funds will allow councils, the network’s primary caretakers, to carry out the works they have nominated as a priority so that Queensland graziers can continue to rely on the network,” Stewart said.

Local councils in Balonne, Banana, Central Highlands, Goondiwindi, McKinlay, Maranoa, Murweh, Western Downs and Winton have all received grants in the latest funding round. 

Stewart also highlighted that a discussion paper which proposes changes to the use and management of Queensland’s stock routes remained open until 3 September. The proposed changes were about ensuring that users’ fees were reinvested in maintain the network, he added. 

AgForce and the Local Government Association of Queensland have welcomed the release of the discussion paper.


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