Stock Route Permit Fees are collected by local government on behalf of the state government. While these fees are relatively small in value, they are just another burden on families in drought declared areas tying to make ends meet.
I would like to encourage you to write to the Minister asking for him to waiver these fees for Queenslanders living in drought declared areas.
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I write to you regarding fees for stock route grazing permits in Queensland.
58 percent of Queensland land area is currently drought declared, which covers almost all of Western Queensland. Farmers in these area’s are particularly doing it tough; many are destocking land or not planting due to lack of moisture and rancid hot weather.
The state, through local government, collects fees for permits to allow graziers to run live stock on the sides of roads in Queensland. To those not affected by drought that $1.16 per head per day seems reasonable. Although to those in Western Queensland who may need to pay hundreds of dollars per week is insurmountable. This could very well be the difference between feeding the family or educating their children.
I would like to request that you review this fee and waiver this for those graziers in drought declared areas. Your consideration will mean a great deal to struggling Queenslanders.