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Safety focused stock control bylaw adopted

25 Aug 2017

Safety focused stock control bylaw adopted

Renewed regulations for livestock in the Gisborne district are now in effect following the adoption of the Stock Control Bylaw 2017 at the meeting of Council last Thursday.

The review in 2016 led to changes in the bylaw that focused on safety for road users, particularly added controls for roadside grazing and preventing stock from wandering off properties.

The proposed changes were consulted in April 2017 and 18 submissions were heard by the Hearings Committee in July 2017.

“People were interested in safety but concerns were raised about the cost of compliance,” says enforcement manager Jim Single.

“Based on the stakeholders’ feedback, the Hearings Panel resulting decision is to keep regulations minimal and provide clear guidelines.”

In terms of fencing roadside paddocks there was support for all of the state highways to be fenced within a year but concerns about the implementation timeframes of three years for local roads.

The bylaw requires stocked paddocks to be fenced alongside State Highways and local roads at Council’s discretion, based on factors such as risk, traffic volumes and history of non-compliance.

The Committee’s decision sought to reach an appropriate approach to balance both improved safety measures for the district’s roads with the potential costs for stock owners.

Stock droving has expected standards but no permit is required, and Council has committed to maintaining the highest level of droving practices through promotion and communication with the farming community.

More explicit standards are set out around the tethering of stock on roadsides.

Beachside droving, grazing and fencing would be considered as part of management provisions coastal areas when they’re reviewed in the Tairawhiti Plan.

Follow this link to the Stock Control Bylaw 2017

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