Rise in cat­tle on road

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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