Pastoral Leases

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The lands that you pass through on your journey from Maree to Birdsville are generally not open parklands. They are in fact mostly pastoral leases.

You should also take care when driving through the leaseholds that you do not cause any damage to property or livestock. You are driving through someones home and business.

If you are wanting to know just what you can and cannot do then it is suggested you read both of the following.

Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989

and/or

Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Regulations 2006

Of some note to travelers is section 48 of the act which says

Right to travel across and camp on pastoral land

48. (1) Subject to this Act, a person may travel (by any means) or camp temporarily on a public access route.

(2) Subject to this Act, a person may, on giving oral or written notice to the lessee, travel across pastoral land (otherwise than on a public access route) by any means other than a motor vehicle, a horse or a camel and, in the course of so travelling, camp temporarily on the land.

(3) Subject to this Act, a person may, with the consent of the lessee or the Minister, travel across pastoral land (otherwise than on a public access route) by means of a motor vehicle, a horse or a camel and, in the course of so travelling, camp temporarily on the land.

(4) This section does not give a person the right to camp-building water bore>/p>

(a) within a radius of one kilometre of any house, shed or other outbuilding on the land; or

(b) within a radius of 500 metres of a dam or any other constructed stock watering point on the land.

(5) A person who proposes to travel across or camp on pastoral land in the manner referred to in subsection (3) must first seek the lessee's consent to the proposal and the lessee may refuse that consent if of the opinion that it is necessary to do so for the purposes of the safety of the public, the management of stock or the carrying out of rehabilitative work on the land or for any other good and sufficient reason.

(6) If the lessee refuses to consent to a proposal under subsection (5), the person may seek the Minister's consent to the proposal.

(7) The Minister may, without consulting the lessee, consent to the proposal but, if the Minister consents to the proposal without consulting the lessee, the proposal cannot be carried out until the Minister has notified the lessee that consent has been given.

(8) The Minister incurs no liability by virtue of giving consent to a proposal to travel across or camp on pastoral land.

(9) For the purposes of this section, camping is temporary if it is for a period not exceeding two weeks or, if some other greater or lesser period is prescribed in respect of a particular area, that period in relation to camping in that area.

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