Gopher users attend workshop
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 your 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 right-hand 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 road and footpath regulations.