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Stock routes

Stock route management

The Queensland Government manages the stock route network with local governments under the Stock Route Management Act 2002. Some grazing access is administered under the Land Act 1994, while the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and the Stock Act 1915 also include relevant provisions.

Local governments are responsible for:

  • day-to-day administration and management
  • some network maintenance.

The Queensland Government is responsible for:

  • providing policy and legislative advice
  • operational guidelines
  • compliance support
  • reviewing decisions
  • managing asset maintenance
  • training local government stock route officers.

Management strategy

The Stock Route Network Management Strategy 2021–2025 (PDF, 890KB) sets out a clear plan of actions for state and local governments to deliver over the next 4 years. It has been developed following consultation with stakeholders and the community.

The strategy provides practical guidance to support the effective management and administration of the stock route network and to balance the multiple uses and values of the network.

Stock route categories

To enable the prioritisation of activities and funding, stock routes are categorised into 3 categories. The criteria for inclusion in these categories are provided below.

Stock route network management plans

Twenty-four local governments in central and western Queensland are required to have local management plans for their area of the stock route network. Contact the relevant local government listed below to view a copy of their plan.

In this guide:

  1. About the Queensland stock route network
  2. Stock route management
  3. Stock route travel permits
  4. Grazing (agistment) permits for travelling stock
  5. Review of local government decisions
  6. Stock route water facility agreements
  7. Stock Route Management System (SRMS)

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