Blackspot for loose stock

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 08:08 17/12/2013

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The NZ Transport Agency has named Waimate the worst area in South Canterbury for wandering stock.

A spokesperson confirmed Waimate had the highest number of incidents after NZTA released a statement advising rural property owners of their responsibility in ensuring their properties were adequately fenced to contain their livestock.

"Our worst area in South Canterbury for wandering stock would be around Waimate."

Waimate District Council planning and regulatory manager Brent Donaldson said the council dealt with a lot more animal-related problems than it did years ago because there were a lot more cattle around.

"I haven't got any numbers around. We just on-charge the jobs."

NZTA performance manager Pete Connors said each callout cost about $150. "It's a control problem, really. The problem starts at State Highway 82 around the farmland.

"Waimate is typically where the problem spots have been."

Figures supplied by NZTA showed there were three callouts in the first quarter of the 2013-14 financial year at a cost of $380.

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- The Timaru Herald

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