Moving Stock on our Roads


 The Council is currently revising its Stock Movement By-Law – partly because all by-laws around the country have to be revised within the next two years.

Stock movement raises interesting issues because it highlights the way our District has been changing.

There are still some “real” farmers out there and many of them have to move stock on the roads from time to time.  At the same time, however, the spread of 4-hectare blocks has increased the population density, and therefore the amount of traffic, in our rural areas.

Farming is still New Zealand’s major exporter and the Waimakariri economy depends on it.  Our rules have to be farmer-friendly.

We need to write a by-law that:

  1. Makes sure that motorists have sufficient warning of a mob of stock up ahead
  2. Ensures the safety of the stock and drovers
  3. Does not impose unreasonable costs on farmers

This is what a two-councillor hearing panel (Neville Atkinson and me) is currently working on.


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