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WA extends road train concessions

Beef Central, 01/09/2011

The Western Australian Government has extended livestock transport permit concessions to allow a continuation of cattle movement from the state's north to southern destinations.

Known as the 'exceptional circumstances policy', the permit enables pastoralists to move their cattle on triple road trains to the south of the State for agistment and processing. 

The existing permit arrangements were due to expire today, however WA transport minister Troy Buswell said he had extended the arrangements on advice from Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman.

“The concession was used to counter the negative impacts of the Federal Government’s suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia earlier this year,” Mr Buswell said.

“Although the suspension is now lifted, it created a build-up of cattle numbers in the North-West and these have to be moved to Muchea and other destinations.

“I’m advised that this need to move cattle to the south of the State will exist for at least another three months, and the triple road train permits offer the industry the most cost effective and efficient way of moving their livestock.

“The special permit arrangement was due to expire today but I have now extended it to the end of November when any further need for this will be reassessed.”


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