Gopher users full bot­tle

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

The Wa­gin Shire held a meet­ing for all gopher users on Mon­day where Wa­gin po­lice ed­u­cated them on the safest way to share the road.

“When gopher users go un­der 10km an hour, they are looked at by law as pedes­tri­ans so the foot­path is where they be­long,” Se­nior Con­sta­ble Emma Needs said.

“We also spoke about the safety in re­la­tion to high-vis and mak­ing sure their go­phers have a light and if their gopher does go more than 10km an hour, it has to be li­censed.”

Shire Home and Com­mu­nity Care Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Sue Cuth­bert said the Shire had been try­ing to get more in­for­ma­tion work­shops for se­niors.

“We’ve been try­ing to get a gopher safety and rules pre­sen­ta­tion go­ing for a long time and fi­nally we were suc­cess­ful,” she said.

“Some­times in a small town, foot­paths aren’t suit­able so they need to go on the right­hand side of the road to­wards the on­com­ing traf­fic.”

Mrs Cuth­bert said Wa­gin had a high num­ber of go­phers, and they were be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar each year.

“Wa­gin had a spe­cific gopher track made a num­ber of years ago and the Shire has done a lot of work on get­ting gopher path­ways,” she said.

Gopher users learn about the reg­u­la­tions.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Emma Needs gives a pre­sen­ta­tion on gopher safety.

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