« Back

Rural Industry Advisory Committee Successful with new Gate and Grid Policy

Rural Industry Advisory Committee meet to review the Gate and Grid Policy

Throughout our region many privately owned grids and gates are used on public roads to control the movement of livestock. These grids and gates need to follow certain guidelines to be compliant to the Council’s grids policy.

When a significant number of landholders expressed their concern over complex grid specifications and the deadline to become compliant, Mayor Liz Schmidt saw the need for consultation and collaboration between rural representatives and Council.

In February of this year, Charters Towers Regional Council established a Rural Industry Advisory Committee to allow for open consultation between Landholders and Council. The Committee is made up of 10 Landowners in four district quadrants of the region, Mayor Liz Schmidt, Deputy Mayor Sonia Bennetto, Cr Roma Bailey, Cr Alan Barr, Director Roads Infrastructure, Manager Technical Services, Rural Coordinator and Governance Compliance Officer.

“Council has been working with landowners for a number of years, but we needed a platform to assist in recognising and addressing rural issues that are significant to our region.” said Mayor Schmidt.

“Our main priority was to work through Council’s grid policy and ensure all grids on public roads in our region are compliant, while reducing the perceived unreasonable treatment of some landholders under the policy.” said the Mayor.

The Committee reviewed the grid compliance specifications and modified the policy to reflect more appropriate parameters for landholders to work with. 

The new gate and grid policy was successfully adopted by Council at the General Council Meeting last month. The deadline for compliance has been extended until the 31 December 2018, to give rural landholders time to work through the pressures of a possible big wet season.

Deputy Mayor Sonia Bennetto gave praise to the committee for the work they achieved.

“The new amended grids policy has been the result of extensive consultation with the region's nominated rural representatives, and it has been a platform for rebuilding relationships with our bush residents. I strongly feel we need to give them ownership of this great outcome.” said Cr Bennetto

With the resolution of the gate and grid policy, the committee will look to other issues affecting the region with their focus on wild dogs and noxious weeds.


EJH 10 November, 2017

Latest News Latest News

PUBLIC NOTICE - Parking Restrictions - Gill and Mosman Streets

Council advises that from 1 April 2019, Council rangers will be undertaking regular patrols of Gill Street and Mosman Street to raise awareness of the 30 minute, 2 hour and 4 hour restricted parking...

Councillor message - community needs - Cr Graham Lohmann

Council strives to meet the needs of our community through the provision of quality infrastructure and services.   To achieve this, we have strong values around the provision of quality...

Council rolls out 10 tonne moving billboard

Council’s brand-new rural garbage truck has been fitted with flood and bushfire signage to remind residents to prepare for extreme weather. Local Disaster Coordinator and Council’s...

Councillor message - Draft Regional Planning Scheme - Community Consultation Closing - Cr Mike Power

On Friday the 29th March, community consultation for the draft Regional Planning Scheme will close. As the draft Regional Planning Scheme affects the whole Region, I want to encourage the community...

Flying Fox Advisory Committee opens meeting to community

The Charters Towers Flying Fox Advisory Committee (FFAC) is inviting the community to attend its meeting in April. During the community meeting, the FFAC will provide up-to-date information on the...

Wild Dog Baiting Campaign

WILD DOG BAITING CAMPAIGN Charters Towers Regional Council intends to conduct a baiting campaign utilising 1080 poison throughout the region during the period 30 April 2019 to 31 May 2019. It is...

Councillor message - Enterprise Resource Planning - Cr Sonia Bennetto

In the 2018/2019 budget, Council announced the upgrade of its IT systems through the implementation of new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. This is a major system upgrade which will...

Young Endeavour 2019 - A trip of a lifetime

Charters Towers Regional Council is seeking applications for a voyage in 2019 on the tall ship “Young Endeavour” for persons aged 16 to 23 years in the region. The Young Endeavour Youth...

Council welcomes new trainees

Charters Towers Regional Council has welcomed 6 new trainees as part of the “Skilling Queenslanders for Work” First Start program. First Start is designed to provide education and...

Mayor Message - Reducing Operating Costs - Cr Liz Schmidt

Late last year Council commissioned a third-party audit into the operations of several Council run facilities. The audit revealed that the World Theatre and the Visitor Information Centre were not...