STOCK AND STOCK ROUTES

Stock Route Network

Stock routes are pathways for traveling stock on roads, reserves, unallocated state land and pastoral leases. The following maps provide some guideance as to stock route network locations.

The administration of the Stock Route Network (SRN) is shared between local government and state governments. Local government is responsible for day-to-day management, while state government is responsible for providing the framework of legislation and policy for stock route management and support for local governments.

A permit is required to travel or agist stock on the SRN.
A permit is not required for local movements, where the travel is:

  • occurring during clear daylight hours;
  • between adjoining or commonly owned properties
  • for animal husbandry or property management purposes

Stock Route Grazing (Agistment) Permits

In order to graze stock on a stock route or the roadside you are required to obtain a permit from Council. These permits are generally only available during times of drought or other hardships, unless an expression of interest has been requested by Council.

A number of conditions apply and a fee is payable.  Please allow at least 5 business days for processing of your permit application.

Further details may be obtained from Council or the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Stock Route Travel Permits

A permit is required to travel stock on the stock route. A number of conditions apply and a fee is payable.  Please allow at least 5 business days for processing of your permit application.

Further details may be obtained from Council, or the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Wandering stock

Stock on the road is a major concern to Council, as they have the potential to cause traffic accidents. If you do notice stock on the road, please contact Council's Rural Services Coordinator on 0427 148 783.

Council can impound stock found wandering at large, or on private property at the request of the property owner.

Impounded stock

In order to claim impounded cattle, they must be branded with your brand or you must be able to produce some form of proof of ownership.

A fee must be paid prior to release, which will comprise of driving fees, impoundment fees, sustenance and if Council has had to advertise the impoundment, the cost of the advertisement.

If the stock are not identifiable, the animals are classified as crown property, and Council will auction them after holding them for five (5) working days.

Further details may be obtained from Council on (07) 4992 9500.