Line changes tick off some
AFTER months of keeping the tick line at bay, Graeme Wicks has narrowly escaped his property being moved to the infected zone, but the Tingoora farmer still holds concern about the new tick line framework.
Like many other farmers in the South Burnett, Mr Wicks has spent time and countless money to campaign against proposed changes to the framework.
Queensland’s tick line was developed to stop graziers from moving infected cattle on to clean properties.
The line had moved over the decades, with producers in the control zone responsible for defending the tick line and to keep their land tick-free.
Mr Wicks said landholders felt let down over many years and the new changes, which would move the line further south, were devastating for other farmers in the region.
“Just consider the implications for those people who have spent thousands of dollars becoming clean some 20 years ago and have maintained their clean status and then have a government bureaucrat draw a line on a map to say I don’t care about you, we’re going to make you ticky,” Mr Wicks said.
“I feel extremely sorry for those people who have been cut off and ignored. They’ve done a lot of hard work. And it’s not just this Labor government that’s done this – it’s been consecutive governments of both persuasions, so you can’t point your finger at one.
“The bush has been robbed of finances and assistance for years now and we’re slowly but surely edging backwards.”
The new cattle tick management framework will be put in place on Friday, July 1.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson has announced a “simplified and stronger” cattle tick management framework in Queensland, which includes the location of the new tick line.
“We’ve simplified and strengthened the tick line by removing the confusing control zone and in some areas aligning the tick line with stronger double fenced boundaries,” Ms Donaldson said.
“The new framework will provide greater flexibility for producers, reduce travel times, reduce costs for industry, and, most importantly, it will continue to protect the cattle tick free zone.
“We have continually heard from producers that a one size fits all approach does not work and livestock owners want control of biosecurity decisions that impact their businesses.”
More than 1000 surveys were collected during the consultation on the location of the tick line, as well as submissions from industry groups and feedback collected during producer meetings.
Three options were on the table during the consultation process and Ms Donaldson said option three would be implemented.
Visit www.daf.qld.gov .au/biosecurity.
NOT HAPPY: Graeme Wicks is concerned about the new tick line framework.