- they already have paid well over the odds to create and maintain along with fencing to keep grazing stock from invading and create a secure pathway for travelling animals of all categories.
Marlborough farmers are to be required to pay a fee and seek local body permission to move stock along rural roads, I am assuming it will include just crossing a road that bisects a farm.
Gee whiz will they try similar cost recovery and permits for paletons of cyclists, bunches of harriers, and god forbid the local "Hunt" or "Pony Club trek", methinks not. Homepaddock runs a worthwhile heads up weekday column of featured articles that have a connect to NZ life but will never make it on infotainment and cottonsoft replacements in the MSM.
Yesterday Ele brought a 'Stuff' offering to notice that will impact seriously on many pastoral farmers.
Land aggregation and leases short and long term now again have many needing to 'drive' livestock on public roads.
Roads that all rate payers, including farmers pay quite serious annual levies to part fund.
Meanwhile many cyclists who pay no fuel taxes, registrations, ACC levies, WoFs, Road user Charges, rates (apart from the hoary old chestnut that they pay via rent), yet need no permit to set out on a Weekend day in bunches that can make overtaking impossible on many of our secondary roads. Ever wondered why it is pedestrians and cyclists who are banned from motorways unless there is a designated cycleway adjacent, they are a freeking HAZARD, that is why.
Now when stock are being driven on a country road where tourists might coincide, then the greatest hazard is the almost idiotic measures employed by the visitors to take Snaps of something they would otherwise never encounter.
I am reminded of the city dweller from Christchurch who embarked on a Sunday drive in late February circa mid 20th century and on return was asked how the trip went.
"You wouldn't believe it he retorted, I think every farmer in North Canterbury chose today to take his sheep for a walk".
Simple explanation, that was the Sunday on the eve of The Amberley Ewe Fair when upwards of a hundred thousand cast for age and surplus maiden two tooth ewes would be traded from higher hill country runs to downland cockies for the remaining years of productive life.
I understand there are serious costs imposed for scheduled cycle and running events such as Coast to Coast, but those training for such events can disrupt and create danger for other road users without any local body surveillance or rule imposition.
So Marlborough council members and staff would be well advised to move out from their urban paradise, through the verdant Vineyards that have replaced the danthonia dominated almost desert landscapes, to where pastoral farming is the only game in play.
Roads are public carriageways and I thought were available for free access by all with sufficient rules and bureaucratic interventions already in place.
To add another requirement on a segment of productive New Zealand already suffocating under an iniquitous plethora of bureaucratic mindless garbage, seems at the very least unfair.