Stock Underpass Program

​Crossing cattle across roads is ​a significant issue for many dairy and livestock farmers. The Government has been working with TasFarmers and DairyTas​, as well as local farmers and councils, to develop a practical approach to address the issue.

The Government has 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 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.

How to apply​

Refer the attached for information on the eligibility criteria, guidelines of the program and the application form:

 Stock Underpass Program Guidelines (PDF 389Kb)

 Stock Underpass Program Application form (PDF 149Kb)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with Agriculture, Forestry and Water Business Unit prior to submitting.  

​Contact​s​​ and additional information   ​​

​For enquiries in relation to the program or for assistance in completing this form please contact:

Mathew Willis

Agriculture, Forestry and Water Business Unit

Department of Natural Resources & Environment

Phone:  (03) 6165 3040

​For enquiries relating to State Roads contact:

Vincent Tang

Manager Bridge Assets

Department of State Growth

Phone:  (03) 6166 3431

Email:  Vincent.Tang@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

A list of Pre-Qualified Contractors is available on the Department of Sta​te Growth Transport Contr​​act Services web page​.​

For enquiries relating to Local Government road networks and requirements contact your local Council.  Contact details for local Councils can be found on the Local Government directory​ website.​ 

Background​

​​​​​​​​​In April 2017 the Tasmanian Government announced a program to support improved farm and road safety and increased farm productivity across the livestock sector.

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.​​