‘Gypsies’ asked to keep roads clean

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Farm­ers are be­ing urged to pre­pare their stock for trans­port ahead of the an­nual ‘‘gypsy week’’ to help keep the Waikato’s roads clear of ef­flu­ent and safe for users.

Ev­ery year in the first week of June, the dairy in­dus­try sees a mass trans­port­ing of cows around the coun­try’s roads as farm­ers pre­pare for the new sea­son.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil se­nior trans­port plan­ner Isy Kennedy said re­spon­si­bil­ity for min­imis­ing the amount of ef­flu­ent on the roads was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of farm­ers and live­stock car­ri­ers.

‘‘The tra­di­tional gypsy day now oc­curs over a week and with it not far away we’d like farm­ers to take time now to make the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments,’’ Ms Kennedy said.

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