Coun­cil to tackle wan­der­ing live­stock in North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

THE North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing new for­mal man­age­ment op­tions to ad­dress the is­sue of wan­der­ing live­stock within the area.

At the most re­cent coun­cil meet­ing it was pro­posed that a plan be put into place to ad­dress con­tribut­ing fac­tors with re­gards to wan­der­ing live­stock.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said the is­sue re­gard­ing safety on the roads was a big fo­cus.

“It cer­tainly is a safety is­sue on the roads and it’s some­thing that we look at with a great de­gree of se­ri­ous­ness,” Mr Pitt said.

“Mainly our area of in­ter­est is on the road side.”

The min­imi­sa­tion of wan­der­ing live­stock is mostly due to the man­age­ment of each land­holder’s prop­erty and in­fra­struc­ture, spe­cific con­di­tions in­clud­ing weather at the site and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of in­di­vid­ual an­i­mals.

“It re­ally does vary and de­pends a lot on cli­mate and weather con­di­tions,” Mr Pitt said.

“Cat­tle be­ing cat­tle, if they are look­ing for some­thing to feed on when it’s dry then they tend to find it on the side of the road so the causes of wan­der­ing live­stock can re­ally vary.”

“What we try to do nor­mally is in the first in­stance we use an in­for­mal ap­proach as far as try­ing to work with prop­erty hold­ers.

“Then it’ll go into a more for­mal let­ter ar­range­ment and if we are called out to the same place fre­quently than a last re­sort is en­force­ment ac­tion.”

But Mr Pitt said ide­ally coun­cil would pre­fer to be able to work with prop­erty owner early on.

“If we work with the ef­fected prop­erty own­ers it makes it eas­ier for the ef­fected par­ties.”

The North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil will look to de­velop a Stock Route Man­age­ment Plan and a Stock Haz­ard Road Safety Man­age­ment Plan to help man­age and main­tain safety is­sues.

This new pol­icy will not cover do­mes­tic dis­putes of wan­der­ing live­stock on pri­vate prop­erty.

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