Changes to stock bylaw focus on road safety

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 Gisborne District Council last week.

A review in 2016 led to changes in the bylaw that focus 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 and the Hearings Committee heard 18 submissions in July.

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

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

There was support for all roadside paddocks on state highways to be fenced within a year, but concerns about the implementation times of three years for local roads.

The bylaw requires stocked paddocks to be fenced next to state highways and local roads at the 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 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 the 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 tethering stock on roadsides.

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

The bylaw is available to view now at the council offices in Gisborne and Te Puia Springs or on the council’s website.

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 Gisborne District Council last week.

A review in 2016 led to changes in the bylaw that focus 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 and the Hearings Committee heard 18 submissions in July.

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

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

There was support for all roadside paddocks on state highways to be fenced within a year, but concerns about the implementation times of three years for local roads.

The bylaw requires stocked paddocks to be fenced next to state highways and local roads at the 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 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 the 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 tethering stock on roadsides.

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

The bylaw is available to view now at the council offices in Gisborne and Te Puia Springs or on the council’s website.

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