Government will use feedback to draw cattle tick line
FEEDBACK from Gympie primary producers is being used by the State Government to draw the future location of the cattle tick line.
A consultation process ended on February 29, with more than 1000 online and written submissions joining the feedback from more than 1000 people at various public meetings Queensland-wide.
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson said consultation ensured all interested parties had been heard.
"The submissions and feedback will guide the final decision on the location of the tick line," the Minister said.
"The information we have gathered will now be reviewed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and a final decision will be based on minimising the impacts of cattle ticks on Queensland's livestock industry as a whole.
"The location of the tick line needs to take into account local knowledge and the special situation of each individual region and I am confident we now have the information we need to make the best possible decision."
Minister Donaldson said her department had attended 19 public meetings hosted by AgForce and community groups along the current tick line and in some regions strong opposing opinions had been expressed.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank AgForce for the work it has done to ensure all producers have been fully informed. I also want to thank all those who have taken the opportunity to be heard during the consultation period.
"This is a vital issue for Queensland's livestock industry and it is inevitable that opinions vary," the Minister said.
"This is the first opportunity in 30 years for broad industry consultation to improve cattle tick management in Queensland.
"Yet some key themes are emerging from the surveys.
"About 85% of respondents agree the tick line should be positioned to provide the greatest possible protection for the tick-free zone."