Stock route water facilities are established water points located along the stock route network, including artesian and sub-artesian bores, dams and wells. These facilities may be located either on reserves for travelling stock or on road reserves that have been declared as stock routes.
Water facilities are mainly for the use of travelling stock. However, where the capacity of a facility exceeds the needs of travelling stock, nearby landowners wanting to take water may apply for a stock route water facility agreement. These agreements are contracts between the landowner, a local government and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM).
You must apply to the local government before taking water from a stock route facility. Taking water from a stock route water facility without an agreement or permit is an offence.
Agreements are required to:
Water accessed for domestic purposes is charged at a flat fee, which is indexed annually.
Stock watering fees are calculated according to the area watered method. This applies the following equation:
Annual fee = potential benefited area x indexed rate
The potential benefited area is the radial area surrounding a water point (5km radius for cattle and 2.5km radius for sheep), which represents the relative benefit a landholder is getting from accessing water from the stock route water facility. The indexed rate is linked to the average property value per hectare, which is calculated by dividing the unimproved property valuation by the total area of the property.
A minimum stock watering fee applies, which is indexed annually.
In cases where water is being taken for both domestic and stock purposes, the calculated fee for stock is added to the flat fee for domestic use to determine the total amount payable.
Fees may be waived or reduced if there is temporary loss of water or diminished supply, or if the landholder negotiates with the local government to undertake regular maintenance of the facility.
Complete the Application for a stock route water facility agreement (PDF, 279.5KB) and send it to the relevant local government. Applications can generally be lodged in person or by post, fax or email (check with the local council).
The local government will assess the application and contact you when this has been completed.
Water agreements are reviewed every 5 years, but any of the parties to the agreement can ask for a review at any time.
Water agreements are automatically terminated when the landholder’s property is sold or transferred. New owners wishing to continue with arrangements must make a new agreement.
Agreements can also be terminated by agreement; by any party giving 90 days notice; or if the facility loses its water source permanently.
Local governments are required to maintain a register of water agreements, which can be accessed by the public for a fee. Contact the relevant local government for details.