Dry areas to get livestock transport aid
Pastoralists enduring unseasonably dry conditions on WA’s Southern Rangelands will be able to access a temporary special permit to transport livestock with triple road trains from Goldfields stations.
The State Government has made the special assistance permits temporarily available upon application from livestock transporters, until December 15, a spokesman confirmed.
It will allow livestock to be transported south of Kambalda, via Goldfields Highway and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, as far as the Shark Lake Abattoir near Esperance, using 53.5m triple road trains.
Without the permit, 53.5m triple road trains are only allowed on Ivanhoe Road and Victoria Highway in the Kimberley.
The permit aims to help pastoralists transport more cattle from the dry stations to either be processed or sent for backgrounding in one journey.
The State Government spokesman said extending the special assistance permits to benefit Goldfields pastoralists would be considered, if required.
“This State Government step helps to provide emergency assistance to pastoralists in unseasonally dry areas of the Goldfields who raised concerns over animal welfare,” he said.
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