Livestock on Roads Causing Safety Concerns
Published on 10 June 2021
With incidences of livestock wandering on rural roads increasing threefold on the same time last year, Council are calling on property owners to ensure animals are adequately secured.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said the numbers of reports of wandering stock in recent months continues to increase, creating safety concerns, particularly for motorists.
“Livestock wandering on Council roads can be a major traffic hazard, especially on our smaller, winding rural roads,” Cr Meade said.
“The reports of wandering stock to Council are increasing each month, which is a concerning trend for our motorists.
“There is a significant safety risk, particularly at night, where a vehicle colliding with a large animal could have very serious consequences.”
With the increasing reports; 24 in April and 32 in May, compared to 10 and 8 in 2020 respectively, Cr Meade urged property owners to ensure their animals were secure.
“We understand farmers are always busy however road safety is critical,” Cr Meade said.
“I urge property owners to check that adequate fencing, gates and cattle grates are installed and maintained, ensuring the safety of motorists and also the animals.
“If members of the community do see livestock wandering on Council roads, we urge them to report the animals to Council immediately, so our rangers can respond.”
Stock found on Council roads should be reported to rangers by calling 1300 656 564, at any time of the day or night. Stock on roads managed by the State Government should be reported to Regional Roads Victoria on 13 11 70. A list of those roads can be found on Council’s website: https://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Services/Roads/Whose-road-is-it