Rise in cattle on road
A SIDE effect of the scorching heat and dry conditions hitting the area at present is an increase in cattle wandering outside properties and onto roads.
As the grass dries out, cows will try to leave their enclosure to find food.
North Burnett Regional Council chief executive officer Mark Pitt said complaints had been made from all across the region.
“People with cattle need to ensure their fences are up and keep them off the roadways, because they create quite a potential hazard for drivers, physical property and personal safety,” Mr Pitt said.
At last week’s council meeting, it was noted council staff had occasionally been confronted with abuse when dealing with the issue.
Mr Pitt said most people staff dealt with were good, but some could get angry either because they believed the council shouldn’t be involved or they shouldn’t be told how to look after their own cattle.
“Our first preference is to work with people, but at the end of the day if people refuse to work with us, we take other action,” he said.
“A lot of the time we have to deal with neighbouring disputes, which can cause problems. A lot of the time people are civil, but the council staff are only doing their job.”
Aside from wandering onto roads, cattle looking for food can also cause problems simply by wandering onto a neighbouring property.
To report wandering livestock, phone the council on 1300 696 272.