In April 2017 the Tasmanian Government announced a program to support improved farm and road safety and increased farm productivity across the livestock sector.
Crossing cattle across roads is a significant issue for many dairy and livestock farmers. The Government has been working with the TFGA and DairyTas, as well as local farmers and councils, to develop a practical approach to address the issue.
Funding of $750,000 was allocated in the 2017-18 State
Budget over two years for the Stock Underpass Program, which will allow farmers
to access funds as a contribution to the overall cost of installing an
underpass. Minister Courtney relaunched the program on 28 May 2018 by
announcing that the program will now provide Grants up to one third (33%) of
the cost of construction of an underpass, up to a maximum grant of $80,000 and that,
as part of Taking Agriculture to the Next Level Policy, an additional $600,000
has been made available.
The Government has already developed a set of standard drawings for a modular stock underpass system to eliminate most of the design costs. The modular components can now be bought directly from pre-cast concrete fabricators in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government already fully funds stock underpasses where a new road alignment splits a property.
For an application to be approved under the Program it must be submitted and assessed BEFORE the construction activity takes place. Refer the attached for information on the eligibility criteria, guidelines of the program and the application form.
Stock Underpass Program Guidelines (343Kb)
Stock Underpass Program Application form (146Kb)
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with Agriculture, Forestry and Water Business Unit prior to submitting.
Web links and Contacts
For enquiries in relation to the program or for assistance in completing this form please contact: