Concerns cattle grid charges could become council cash cow

COUNCIL remains divided over how it will implement a new "gates and grids" register to charge rural residents for the upkeep of cattle grids on council-owned roads.

Under the new plan, a region-wide register of all gates and grids would be compiled.

Cr Nancy Sommerfield said owners would be charged $350 to gain permission to do repairs and a $700 application fee if they decided to install a new grid "without including the cost of actually putting it in".

Annual assessment fees would cost grid owners $100.

Cr Anne Glasheen supported Cr Sommerfield's call to defer a decision until further research had been carried out.

"I do support the notion of needing a register of grids and gates on our roads," she said.

"But we're going to charge a farmer an annual fee and then get him to do the inspection and fill out all the paperwork."

"I'm worried about over-regulation."

The issue will come before council again next month.

Topics:  farming rural toowoomba toowoomba regional council

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