Charters Towers Regional Council has an extensive stock route network which contains water facilities and reserves that can range from dams, windmills, artesian and sub artesian bores. It is Council's responsibility to manage the maintenance and running of these facilities throughout the Council area.
The primary purpose of these facilities is for stock, whether it be for agistment or travel.
Council has a Stock Route Network Management Plan (PDF, 2.7mb) which, amongst other things, is designed to improve the management of the Stock Route Network so that the impacts of stock on the resources, users and values of the Network are minimised.
Under the Stock Route Management Act 2002 it is an offence to travel, agist stock or take water from one of these facilities without permission from a Government body.
Taking water from a Stock Route Watering Facility without an agreement or without a permit is an offence. Landowners may apply to Council to take a supply of water from a facility by completing a Stock Route Watering Facility Agreement. For further information regarding Watering Facilities or to complete a Stock Route Water Facility Agreement, please refer to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy website.
For the movement of stock or grazing of stock on a Stock Route, an Application for a Stock Route Travelling Permit or Agistment Permit is required to be completed and submitted to Council at least three days prior to moving stock. For further information and assistance in completing these forms, please refer to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy website.
Before any use of the Stock Route is undertaken, a permit must be issued by Council along with appropriate fees being paid. The current fees and further information is available on the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy website.
Council adopted S0051 Grazing Stock on Relevant Land and Trust Land in the February 2021 General Meeting of Council to ensure guidelines were in place for the considerations for Stock Routes Grazing (Agistment) Permits, Permits to Occupy, Trustee Permits and Trustee Leases for grazing purposes.