IN RESPONSE to worsening drought conditions, the State Government will inject $468,000 into infrastructure to boost water availability on Queensland's 2.6 million hectare stock route network.
Stock routes have been an integral part of Queensland's rural history for more than 150 years, particularly for their role in providing feed for livestock.
As dry conditions spread in regional Queensland, stock owners are being forced to move stock, resulting in a spike in stock route usage.
The government will spend $468,000 in 2013-14 for stock route capital works projects to assist in upgrading and replacing water facilities along the most frequently used roads and reserves.
The 72,000 kilometre stock route network is currently experiencing additional strain on watering points due to drought.
It is important we invest in our stock routes as they support our agricultural industry, which is one of the key pillars of the Queensland economy.
This funding boost will be invested into improving access for large water tankers to dry stock route water points, installing solar panels to run water pumps, replacing flowing bore drains with watering facilities, replacing water troughs and tanks and de-silting water point facilities.
More information about stock route management is available at: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/land/stock-routes.
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