Council offers assistance with cattle underpass costs

Published on 08 December 2017

dairy cows milking

Farmers looking to install a cattle underpass can get some extra financial help from Moyne Shire Council.

Councilors endorsed a new policy at their November council meeting offering the lesser of $10,000 or 15 per cent of the cost of the construction of the underpass, including the road formation and the safety guard rail.

Moyne Shire Council will make available a pool of $50,000 in each financial year.

Applicants can apply for underpass funding at any time of the year, but must meet the following conditions:

  • The underpass must be designed by a suitably qualified engineer.
  • The underpass must have a concrete floor and be capable of draining.
  • The guardrail must meet VicRoads standards
  • The design, including location and construction process must be approved by Moyne Shire’s director of physical services or their duly delegated representative.
  • All ongoing maintenance and repair of the underpass is the responsibility of the applicant.

Moyne Shire councilor Daniel Meade said the council was keen to help farmers build cattle underpasses.

“Cattle underpasses are predominantly about safety,” Cr Meade said.

“They make it safer for farmers, their families and their employees to do their job every day, and they also make it safer for road users by keeping cattle off our roads.

“If this funding helps save one life, then it will have been worth it.

“This policy is another way Moyne can support our valued farmers, as this shire rides on the cows’ back.”

Farmers wishing to construct a cattle underpass can also apply for funding worth 33 per cent of construction costs to a maximum of $50,000 through the Victorian Farmers Federation.