Council to tackle wandering livestock in North Burnett
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.