Stock routes investment funds upgrades and supports good jobs
Published Thursday, 03 November, 2022 at 02:00 PM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
Minister for Resources
The Honourable Scott Stewart
More than one million dollars is being invested to upgrade the vital stock route network to support Queensland’s agricultural sector and the good jobs it sustains.
Resources Minister Scott Stewart announced funding to eight local councils for maintenance and capital projects from McKinlay Shire in the north-west to Balonne Shire on the New South Wales border.
"The stock route network is a key piece of infrastructure for our multi-billion dollar agriculture sector, with drovers moving and feeding up to 330,000 head of stock across the network each year," Mr Stewart said.
"Severe flooding in some areas throughout the year has also damaged the stock routes.
“These funds we’re investing will allow the local councils to carry out the works they have nominated as a priority so Queensland graziers can continue to rely on the network.”
The annual injection of capital funds will be shared across projects submitted by eight local governments, ranging from desilting dams, repairing night yards and troughs, and emergency repairs to water tanks.
The councils who received funding are Balonne, Blackall/Tambo, Flinders, Longreach, McKinlay, Maranoa, Murweh and Western Downs.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said this was an important strategic investment in the state’s livestock industry.
“The Palaszczuk Government is providing better services to our agriculture sector, including supporting improvements to stock routes through funding like this,” Mr Furner said.
“That support means productivity for our cattle sector and good jobs in agriculture more broadly.”
The stock routes capital investment is part of more than $80 million being invested into Queensland’s resources sector and land programs in 2022-23.
Queensland’s 2.6-million-hectare stock route network is a key piece of infrastructure for $18.5 billion agriculture sector.
Drovers move and feed anywhere between 5000 and 330,000 head of stock across the network each year, with higher usage during periods of drought.
Chris Lees – 0434 859 940 (Minister Stewart)
Ron Goodman – 0427 781 920 (Minister Furner)