Keep your cattle off the highway

CATTLE owners along the Bruce Highway have been warned to ensure their cattle do not stray or risk a $200 fine per animal impounded by the Fraser Coast council.

Council compliance officers have been called out 16 times in the past two weeks to get cattle found straying on to the highway.

The calls have come at all hours of the day, Fraser Coast Regional Council Executive Manager Environmental Health and Regulation Andy Gaze says.

“There is a lot of traffic on the highway at this time of the year so we are focussing our attention in that area in a bid to avoid an accident. We remind stock owners that they have a duty of care to ensure fences are intact and able to stop stock straying.

“Fences need to be checked after the recent dry as stock have been pushing through fences to get to new grass.”

Last year a number of straying cattle were killed after being hit by vehicles on Fraser Coast roads.

Mr Gaze said stock owners would be issued with on-the-spot fines of up to $200 per animal found straying.



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