Roadside grazing fee reduced to $1

Published on 14 June 2018

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Corangamite Shire roadside grazing permit costs have been reduced to one dollar in the 2018-2019 Council budget.

Farmers are encouraged to apply early so they can start reducing fire hazards as soon as spring arrives.

Council Manager Environment and Emergency Lyall Bond said roadside grazing was permissible under the local law between 1 September and 31 May 2019, provided no protected native vegetation was present.

“The intent of this further reduction in fees is to encourage more landowners to obtain roadside grazing permits and reduce fire risk where there is no protected native vegetation,” Mr Bond said.

“We encourage people to apply for a permit now so we can go out and look at the area and see if they are eligible.

“The one dollar fee is part of Council’s draft budget and has been set at this rate to ensure that a legal and financial transaction has taken place.

“It shows the stock owner’s insurer that the stock grazing on public land is a legitimate part of their farming enterprise.

“The cost of permits have been reducing over time from $104 to $52 last year and shows Council’s ongoing support for roadside grazing where appropriate.”

Mr Bond said stock could not be grazed on roadsides at night and the owner had to erect a temporary electric fence for safety.

“We encourage owners to let their stock eat the grass down early and keep it down as conditions dry out in summer.

“If you apply for a permit now, it can be issued so you’re ready to go on day one.”

Landowners interested in applying for a permit for grazing on their roadside can apply here or contact Council’s Local Laws Unit on 5593 7100.