Stock Routes Stock Routes

Flinders Shire Council Stock Routes

The Flinders Shire consists of at least seven minor and secondary stock routes which can be seen on the Stock Route Map. Council developed a Stock Route Network Management Plan in 2005. This plan includes clear and achievable goals with targets to be achieved within the life of the Plan for sustainable management and use of the Stock Route Network in the Flinders Shire. Under the Land Protection Act, the administration of the Stock Route Network is shared between Local Government and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).
 
Council is responsible for day-to-day management, while DERM is responsible for providing the framework of legislation and policy for Stock Route management and support for Local Governments. Stock Route Watering Facilities are included as a responsibility for Councils to manage. The Rural Lands Officer oversees and maintains approximately thirty watering facilities, including artesian and sub-artesian bores, dams, wells and other waterholes.
 
Landowners may apply to Council to take a supply of water from a facility. If they wish to do so, they must apply to Council for a Stock Route Watering Facility Agreement. Taking water from a Stock Route Watering Facility without an agreement or without a permit is an offence under the Land Protection Act.
 
A Stock Route Watering Facility Agreement is a contractual arrangement between a landowner, Local Government and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), outlining the conditions of supply and terms of use. Watering agreements also outline specific arrangements including community and domestic usage as well as individual circumstances such as the landowner undertaking maintenance of the facility. Watering agreements can also be used to secure a supply of water for the Stock Route network from a private landowner.
 
To apply for a Watering Agreement, application must be made to the Council with an Application for a Stock Route Water Facility Agreement form. DERM reviewed the Watering Facility Agreement framework in 2006 to update the format of watering agreements and revise the method for calculating agreement fees. A new Watering Agreement framework was developed, commencing 1 July 2007 which includes an electronic Watering Agreement System for Local Government use and a new method for calculating Watering Agreement fees (the area watered method). For more information regarding Watering Facilities refer to Department of Environment and Resource Management Fact Sheets on Stock Route Watering Facility Agreements and Stock Route Watering Facility Agreement Fees.
 
For the movement of stock on a Stock Route an Application for a Stock Route Travel Permit is required to be filled out and submitted to the Council Office at least three days prior to moving stock on the Route. For more information and assistance in completing a Travel Permit Application refer to Applying for a Stock Route Travel Permit: Guide for Applicants.
 
As it is an offence to graze stock on a Stock Route without a permit, an Application for a Stock Route Agistment Permit is required to be filled out and submitted to the Council Office at least three days prior to the commencement date. For more information regarding and assistance in completing an Agistment Permit refer to Applying for a Stock Route Agistment Permit: Guide for Applicants.
 

Before any use of the Stock Route is undertaken, a permit must be issued by Council along with the appropriate fees being paid. The current fees are set by Department of Environment and Resource Management and are available in the Schedule of Fees and Charges – Stock Routes.