NO HORSING AROUND: Parts of the South Burnett rail trail will be closed to horse riders.
NO HORSING AROUND: Parts of the South Burnett rail trail will be closed to horse riders. Contributed

Horses to have limited access

HORSES won't be allowed on parts of the South Burnett Rail Trail to minimise the risk of spreading ticks.

The stretch from Kilkivan to Murgon will welcome horse riders, runners and cyclists.

But Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the stretch from Kingaroy to Murgon would need to be looked at closely through community consultation to ease landholder concerns.

"There will be parts where horses will be allowed and parts where they will be banned," Cr Kratzmann said.

"And those decisions will be subject to community consultation."

He said people with horses generally "do the right thing" with regard to ticks, but he was not prepared to put any properties at risk.

"People spend a lot of money to clean their properties up so we need to talk to everyone and see which areas will be fine (for horses)," he said.

Memerambi landholder Melissa Graham's property is in a tick-free declared area and backs onto the rail trail.

But she has been battling ticks since her property was infected after buying a single house cow she was told had been treated.

In 12 months Ms Graham has spent more than $2500 on chemicals to regain her property's clean status and the eradication program has months to go.

Community consultation will begin early 2015 at the same time preliminary trail works are expected to start.

Under the Stock Act 1915 and Stock Notice 2005, livestock must be inspected, cleaned and treated under the supervision of a Biosecurity Queensland officer, or an approved person, before entering the tick-free or control zones.

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