March 7, 2019
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the formation of an industry group to review the cattle tick line but has criticised the “significant delays” by the State Government.
“The LNP supports any action to improve biosecurity and help our farmers and graziers,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“Since the new cattle tick line was implemented in 2016, we’ve been calling for an extensive review to ensure it is properly policed and resourced.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government promised the cattle tick line would be reviewed but has delayed action time and time again.
“While Labor stalled, cattle tick infestations continued to spread in the free zone.
“These delays show the bush clearly isn’t a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“(It) must take the shackles off this industry group and allow it to work effectively on behalf of farmers and graziers.
“We will continue to hold this government to account to ensure it’s not just another box-ticking exercise and positive outcomes for farmers are delivered.”
Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said Labor had broken a promise to review Queensland’s cattle tick line two years after its implementation.
“The LNP has maintained pressure on the Labor Government to deliver the promised cattle tick line review,” Mr Perrett said.
“As a grazier in the ticky area, I understand the time lost and high cost associated with managing herds across the tick line.
“It’s crucial the government is proactive on this major biosecurity issue.
“The formation of an industry group is a positive step. Now we must ensure all affected landholders can have their say on the future of Queensland’s tick line.
“Effective tick management is an important part of ensuring a strong Queensland beef and dairy industry.”