On 28 April 2017 the Tasmanian Government announced a pilot 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 has been allocated over two years for the Stock Underpass Pilot Program, which will allow farmers to access funds as a contribution to the overall cost of installing an underpass. The program will provide Grants up to one third (33%) of the cost of construction of an underpass, up to a maximum grant of $50,000.
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 Pilot Program Guidelines (267Kb)
Stock Underpass Pilot Program Application form (183Kb)
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with AgriGrowth Tasmania prior to submitting.
Web links and Contacts
For enquiries in relation to the program or for assistance in completing this form please contact:
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment
For enquiries relating to State Roads contact:
Manager Bridge Assets
Department of State Growth
Phone: (03) 6166 3431
A list of Pre-Qualified Contractors is available on the Department of StateGrowth Transport Contract 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 web site.