Tick line consultation ends

UPDATE: The Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Deb Frecklington, has criticised the announcement from the Minister Donaldson.

"Minister Donaldson initially tried to shut debate on the tick-line down and had to be pressured into extending the so-called consultation period for a month beyond January," Ms Frecklington said.

"Now she's at it again, saying her decision will be final and no appeals will be allowed.

"Labor's approach to this issue show how out of touch they are with the state's primary producers and they are holding Queensland agriculture back."

ORIGINAL REPORT: MORE than 1000 people have had their say as part of a consultation process into the future of the tick-line.

The State Government received more than 1000 written and online submissions and heard feedback from many more at public meetings.

The consultation process ended on February 29, and will "guide the final decision on the location of the tick line" according to Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson.

"The information we have gathered will now be reviewed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and a final decision will be based on minimising the impacts of cattle ticks on Queensland's livestock industry as a whole.

"All through this process we have been committed to listening to what producers want.

"The location of the tick line needs to take into account local knowledge and the special situation of each individual region and I am confident we now have the information we need to make the best possible decision."

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