WHAT YOU SAID: New double whammy for farmers
LOCKYER Valley Regional Council's decision to fine farmers that leave roads covered in mud has divided opinion - with many calling it a money grabbing exercise, while others have applauded the move as fair.
Councillors have voted in a 'Mud on Roads Enforcement Process', which would allow the council to send the bill to farmers to cover the costs of cleaning mud off the roads.
They would also cop a fine.
Councillor Janice Holstein said the process was to ensure road safety and would only target a "minority" of farmers.
"Most of our farmers currently do the right thing. This is just to give the ability to council to enforce the clean up," Cr Holstein said.
"Everybody needs to play their role, and if they put mud on the roads they need to clean it up."
But the reaction to the measure was swift, with many criticising the move as a kick in the guts of farmers.
Here's what you had to say:
Sandy Payne Green: Fix the fairy floss road before worrying about the mud.
Anne Reynolds: Council need to look at more important issues. Give farmers a break. The farmers are doing it tough enough.
Leanne Tremain: We are in a drought and now the farmers are suppose to waste water cleaning the road... Next they will want charge every road user that puts mud/dirt on the road.
Karen Phipps: Council is building mud roads themselves as no gravel is being brought in with maintaining what use to be gravel roads. We've witnessed this in the last 2 years.
Dieter Clarke: This from a council that can't even fix their roads.....well done....
Garry Thomas: Another council circus run by clowns.
Luke Sweet: How can they decide if it's the farmer, or transport company.
Others, however, were supportive of the measure, saying other industries had to do the same.
John Pitman: Easy, just install a wash down bay. It's all about consideration for other road users.
Cam Jay: If it's good enough for every business particularly builders then it should apply to everyone.
Wayne Reimann: About time many places have an area where trucks can be loaded which means farm machinery hasn't got to go on the roads and if they do they are washed down.