Low slope map for stock exclusion regulations: proposed changes

The Government is proposing changes to the low slope map which identifies where beef cattle and deer will need to be excluded from access to waterways from 1 July 2025. 

Reason for the proposed changes

The current low slope map incorporated into the stock exclusion regulations averages slope over large areas. 

This has contributed to concerns that it: 

  • includes some steep land 
  • fails to accurately capture some low slope land 
  • unintentionally captures high country extensive pastoral farming.  

Proposed changes

The Government is proposing changes to the low slope map including:

  • using a new mapping approach, ‘local terrain averaging’, on land with an average slope of up to 5 degrees
  • the introduction of a 500 metre altitude threshold
  • using freshwater farm plans in areas outside the map, with a presumption that stock will need to be excluded from access to waterways on land with an average slope between 5 and 10 degrees.

There will be engagement on the proposals from 14 July and submissions will be accepted from 26 July 2021.