Droving of Livestock

Droving of Livestock

A number of farmers in the Rural City of Wangaratta drove livestock at various parts of the year. 

Residents are urged to contact Council prior to droving livestock to ensure the area they are wanting to drove is suitable.  For further information on droving livestock please contact Council's Enforcement Officer on (03) 5722 0888 or email council@wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Application for Permit and Bonds

  1. A person making an application for a droving permit must pay fees in accordance with fees and charges as established in the Council's Fees and Charges Register.
  2. A bond paid under Clause 1 must be refunded to the person who made the application:
    1. if the permit application is refused, within seven (7) days of the refusal being notified to the applicant; or
    2. if the permit is granted, after the livestock have left the municipal district and provided the applicant has complied with the conditions of the permit.
  3. The Council may retain all or part of the bond to the extent of the cost of repairing any damage to roads or other property which in the opinion of the authorised officer has been caused by or  incurred as a result of the driving of livestock.
  4. The Council may retain such part of the bond that represents the amount of unpaid daily fees due at the date the livestock leave the municipal district.
  5. The Council may deduct any monies from the bond for a breach of any of the permit conditions.

If a deduction for a breach of any of the permit conditions is made before the livestock leave the municipal district, the permit holder must maintain the bond at the amount determined by the Council or at the amount of $1,000 by paying to the Council any amounts deducted within 48 hours of being advised of their deduction.

Permit conditions

  1. An authorised officer may issue a permit to drive livestock through the municipal district if:
    1. an application and the fees required under clause 1 have been paid
    2. he or she is satisfied that the livestock are fit to travel a distance of 10 kilometres per day towards their destination
  2. In determining to grant a permit the authorised officer must take into account:
    1. the duration of the permit required having regard to the nature of the activity being undertaken; and
    2. the route to be travelled, which must be determined by the authorised officer having regard to:
      1. the route requested by the applicant
      2. the practicality of the route or alternative routes
      3. traffic usage
      4. the proposed commencing and finishing locations
      5. the duration and/or frequency of the livestock movement proposed
      6. the number of livestock involved in the proposed droving
      7. any permits already granted for livestock droving or grazing on or adjacent to the proposed area
      8. the condition of the road and prevailing weather conditions at the time of the proposed droving or throughout the proposed livestock droving
      9. the availability of alternative routes
      10. the distance to be covered each day
      11. the health and condition of the livestock
      12. the nature of any weeds or growth along any proposed route and the potential for livestock to spread noxious or environmental weeds
      13. the potential for safely accommodating the livestock overnight
      14. the capacity to adequately warn other road users of the presence of livestock on the road
      15. procedures for varying the route in situations of hardship
      16. the availability of water
      17. the ability of the livestock to be driven at the rate of at least one (1) kilometre an hour where the route to be travelled is already subject to a grazing permit
      18. the sensitivity of damage to vegetation on that route
      19. the outcome of any consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment regarding native vegetation
      20. relevant recommendations or guidelines of Council's Roadside Management Strategy
      21. relevant recommendations or guidelines of Council's Fire Prevention Strategy
      22. any other matters considered relevant by the Council
  3. A permit issued for the droving of livestock under this Local Law must contain conditions that require:
    1. livestock camped overnight be enclosed by a substantial and secure barrier
    2. the carcasses of any livestock that die while in the municipal district be promptly and adequately disposed of
    3. livestock only be driven between the hours of sunrise and sunset
    4. livestock not be camped on an area which is a declared or designated as a high conservation value road reserve or other area designated as prohibited for the camping of livestock in Council's Roadside Management Strategy
    5. a person competent in the handling of livestock be present at all times
    6. signs conforming with the requirements of the Roads Corporation are in place
    7. an inspector of livestock of the Government agency administering the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 is notified if the person in charge of the livestock becomes aware or suspects that the livestock or any of them have a disease or  dies of a disease that is a notifiable disease under that Act
    8. the number of livestock to be driven in the municipal district at any one time does not exceed the number specified in the permit
    9. require the permit holder to obtain public liability insurance on such terms and for such amounts as the permit requires
  4. A permit issued for the droving of livestock may include conditions that:
    1. require reflective signs to be erected in the front and the rear of any livestock camped overnight on any lane or thoroughfare
    2. limit the number or type of livestock which may be driven by the permit holder through the municipal district at any one time
    3. require the livestock to travel not less than the distance specified by an authorised officer per day
    4. the permit expires after two (2) months unless an extension of time is applied for and any additional fees are paid
    5. the origin of the stock be considered in terms of the potential to spread weeds and appropriate restrictions may be applied
    6. allow an exemption to the requirement to drive livestock a minimum distance through the municipal district in the form of one (1) rest day per week
  5. A permit must not allow the driving of more than 4,000 sheep, ewes, wethers and rams in total or more than 500 cattle (excluding calves under the age of three months) in total or more than 200 of any other livestock in total at any one time by the permit holder.
  6. A permit issued under the Local Law expires as soon as the droving which it permits has been completed.

Last Updated: 23-06-2011

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