Open lane still gated under permit
FOLLOWING the official naming of Coombs Lane, Merrijig by Mansfield Shire Council late last year, a query has arisen as to who can graze that roadway and should it be open to traffic at all times.
Mansfield Shire has been able to answer those queries, which does not just relate to Coombs Lane, but to other previously un-named roadways within the shire.
Coombs Lane, off Buttercup Road, it seems has a farm gate at its entrance and although it is declared an ‘open lane’ it can still be gated and fenced.
Once officially named the owners of the adjoining properties are required to fence their land – for two reasons:
1) to protect any stock grazing on that land; and
2) so the roadway could be left open to any traffic.
However, i n t he case of Coombs Lane the road access has remained gated.
The owner of the property through which this road access runs has gained three roadside grazing permits allowing him to retain all of the land for stock grazing.
Under these permit conditions he must allow access to anyone wishing to now use that lane, and must provide an unlocked swinging gate.
A council officer said this is quite common in cases where the road access has not been used for many years but is then declared a named and opened road or lane.
“It does not prevent people from entering that roadway but gives neighbouring property owners the rights to continue grazing,” the officer said.
Grazing permits can be issued by either the local council or through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
A local laws permit is required for activities such as grazing or droving stock, roadside trading, advertising signs, displays and sale of goods.
Local laws permits are administered by council’s local laws unit.
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