Stock pose big threat

Cat­tle roam freely on Kennedy High­way

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

A FAR North­ern high­way has taken on a new dan­ger for driv­ers, with a flood of re­ports of cat­tle roam­ing the high traf­fic area.

A pop­u­lar route for com­muters, mo­torists have taken to so­cial me­dia out­raged at the fre­quent sights of cows on the Kennedy High­way be­tween Cairns and Ma­reeba.

The pres­ence of the large an­i­mals has also landed a 54year-old man in hos­pi­tal this week af­ter col­lid­ing with a cow on the high­way near Titchum Creek.

He suf­fered a se­verely bro­ken leg and col­lar­bone as well as other in­juries and re­mains in Cairns Hos­pi­tal af­ter al­most a week.

Rid­ing with him at the time was friend Mick Dowl­ing, who said it was a con­cern that the an­i­mals were out roam­ing.

“The ve­hi­cle in front of us swerved to the op­po­site lane of the high­way to avoid the cow that ran up on to the road in front of him,” he said.

“He just clipped the cow and knocked it out and it col­lapsed in the mid­dle of the road in front of us.

“We were on mo­tor­bikes and we had nowhere to go and my mate ended up hit­ting the cow. I some­how just swerved in time and only clipped it and stayed up­right.”

Mr Dowl­ing is call­ing for so­lu­tions and for the owner of the cat­tle to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity for his an­i­mals.

“Does some­one have to die for this farmer to col­lect his cat­tle and keep them be­hind fences?”

Laura Free­man also re­ported see­ing three cows and three calves stand­ing in the mid­dle of the road on Kennedy High­way near Titchum Creek ear­lier this week.

A Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil had con­tacted the owner and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing. “If there are re­ports of cat­tle on the road, coun­cil of­fi­cers will in­ves­ti­gate and put warn­ing signs on the road to alert mo­torists,” he said.

“If pos­si­ble, con­tact is made with the own­ers of the stock and ef­forts are made to move the stock out of harm’s way.

“This stretch of road is con­trolled by Queens­land Depart­ment of Main Roads – any (per­ma­nent) sig­nage would need to be at their dis­cre­tion.”

Pic­ture: FACE­BOOK

DAN­GER: Cat­tle spot­ted on the Kennedy High­way.

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