Bring back tick clearing station system, MP urges

MP says clearing dip inspections needed in wake of Western Downs cattle tick outbreak

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Cattle ticks have been found on the Western Downs.

Cattle ticks have been found on the Western Downs.

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Callide MP Colin Boyce says a return to cattle tick inspections at designated clearing stations is needed.

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Callide MP Colin Boyce says a return to cattle tick inspections at designated clearing stations is needed to stop incursions in tick-free areas.

It comes after Biosecurity Queensland confirmed that a cattle tick incursion near Chinchilla had spread to two further properties.

Mr Boyce said seeing the cattle tick line compromised was a major concern for cattle producers in surrounding areas.

"This shows the tick line is not being policed properly," he said.

"Ticks don't just turn up in Chinchilla, they've clearly come in on infected cattle.

"It is a huge cost imposition now for those producers who are now infected to get their stock cleared again."

Under the cattle tick management framework introduced in 2016, producers moving cattle from the infected area to the tick-free zone were given the flexibility to have cattle inspection and treatment regimes to be completed at places other than the traditional clearing dips on the tick line.

But Mr Boyce believes this system has allowed infected cattle to slip through.

"It seems that there are cases where it's not being done properly," he said.

"The traditional stock inspectors are no longer there, we have third party providers.

Mr Boyce, a Taroom cattle producer, said he had grown up seeing the work done in the Taroom and Wandoan areas to eradicate cattle ticks.

"We should be expanding our clean areas," he said.

"It is possible to clean up cattle tick infected areas, I've seen it.

"It took many years to clean up that particular area."

The incursion comes as work continues on a review of the cattle tick line, with a finalised policy expected by September.

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