FARMERS have been left feeling dirty after South Gippsland Shire
Council announced it may look to fine drivers whose tractors and
other vehicles leave mud on the roads.
Council claimed farmers muddy vehicles were contributing to
unsafe roads in the region and said it will look to find a cleaner
solution with everyone working together.
In a press release, council claimed it would work with farmers
in taking preventative steps to avoid losses to both their farm and
This will reduce the need for any litter abatement notices,
fines or charges for the cost of clean-up and damages, the council
South Gippsland Shire Councils manager operations Fred Huitema
said necessary measures would be taken to make roads safer for all
residents and visitors.
Council appreciates the hard work farmers do for our community,
which is why it is important for us to work with them to find
solutions to reduce the amount of mud on our roads, he said.
We are hoping these measures will ensure our roads are safer for
the community to utilise.
Allen Van Kuyk previously received a litter abatement notice
from South Gippsland Shire Council for letting his cattle cross
Cassons Road. Attached was a warning of a hefty $3000 fine should
he continue to do so. The Agnes resident is concerned similar
fines could apply in this situation.
At any stage if I do not meet their expectations they could fine
me, he said.
We try to manage it as best as we can, but if the shire decides
they want to fine us, theyll catch us sooner or later. It is
something that can affect so many people. A $3000 fine to anybody
Mr Van Kuyk said he does all he can to ensure his cattle and
tractors do not leave mud on Cassons Road, however it can be almost
impossible given muddy conditions on his property.
It is totally impractical to expect us to clean a tractor every
time we go in and out of a paddock, he said.
They have got have to a little bit of common sense on what they
want us to do and it is practically buck for their poor maintenance
and it is partially fundraising.
We are an easy target for them, but what they have proposed is
not workable and there is no common sense to it.
Many locals expressed their concerns on The Stars
It is a bit harsh considering our roads are absolutely terrible
around our farm and they only fix it every so often,
Tooras Jess Thorne commented.
How can we stop our utes from getting muddy tyres on council
roads? It is not like theres a car wash in every town either.