Kangaroos to cows on local roads

By Riverine Herald

LIVESTOCK owners are reminded to ensure their animals are secured on their properties following a recent increase in the number of reported incidents of wandering livestock — compounding the risk of kangaroos.

Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said Gannawarra Shire staff had tended to an increased number of calls relating to wandering livestock over the past few weeks.

“Livestock on roads have the potential to cause serious accidents,” Cr Learmonth said.

“The recent run of foggy and frosty mornings poses added dangers for motorists driving throughout the Gannawarra Shire without the risk of having to negotiate wayward livestock.”

It is an offence to keep livestock on any property which is not securely fenced. Stock owners are responsible for the damage caused to life and property by their stock if they are not properly confined.

“While some of the recent incidents Gannawarra Shire Council staff have tended to are a result of property gates being left open following spotlighting expeditions, most are due to the property owner or occupier failing to adequately maintain the fencing,” Cr Learmonth said.

Stock owners can be fined up to $8,050 for allowing livestock to escape onto public roads.

For more information please call Council’s Local Laws Department on 5450 9333.