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Gates and grids

The Central Highlands Regional Council is responsible for the control, care and management of all public roads within the local government area, including a number of rural roads.
However when it comes to approved gates and grids on council’s rural road network, the responsibility for installation and ongoing maintenance shifts to the landholder.
This policy is regulated by council’s Subordinate Local Law No.4 Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads Amendment 2014.

  • What is a grid and who is responsible for it?

    A grid is a structure designed to permit the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic along a road, but prevent the passage of livestock.

    Under the local law, a responsible person for a gate or grid installed across a road means:
    the person who installed the gate and/or grid; and
    the person for whose use or benefit the gate and/or grid were installed; and
    the person who has the benefit of the gate and/or grid installed across the road.
    Common sense dictates that persons in close proximity to a gate or grid, who use the gate or grid on a regular basis, benefit from the installation of the relevant gate or grid.

  • What happens if there is no responsible person identified?

    If council is unable to identfy a responsible person, as defined above, and unable to take enforcement action, council may simply remove the gate or grid at council’s cost as part of its normal road maintenance activities.

  • How do I apply to install a new gate or grid?

    The applicant must complete and return an application form to council detailing:

    • the design of the proposed gate or grid including all dimensions, alignments and structural elements; and
    • the location within the road of the proposed gate or grid; and
    • the particulars of all warning or similar signage proposed to be erected by the applicant.

    In addition, the applicant proposing to install a gate or grid must advise council of the date and time of installation, as well as any impacts on pedestrian or vehicular traffic and materials, equipment and vehicles to be used when installing the gate or grid.

    Application forms are available by contacting council.

    The cost of installation of all gates and cattle grids across council roads is to be borne by the applicant.

  • How do I get approval for an existing gate or grid?

    The applicant must complete and return an application form to council detailing:

    • the design of the gate or grid including all dimensions, alignments and structural elements; and
    • the location within the road of the gate or grid; and
    • particulars of all warning or similar signage erected about by the applicant.
  • Additional criteria council will consider

    The gate or grid must not result in:

    • Harm to human health or safety, including the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
    • Property damage or loss of amenity; or
    • Nuisance; or
    • Unreasonable obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
    • Unreasonable prejudice to proper maintenance of a road; or
    • Environmental harm or environmental nuisance.
  • What are the conditions of an approval?

    The applicant will receive a written notice regarding the outcome of their application.

    If approved, a number of conditions can be imposed on the approval holder.

    Most importantly, these conditions require the landholder to:

    • comply with safety requirements, standard plans and specifications
    • maintain the road for the full width of the grid and a distance of 5 metres on each side of the gate and/or the grid to ensure it is in good and sufficient repair
    • take out and maintain public liability insurance as specified by the local government and produce documentary evidence of the insurance to the local government before the installation of the gate and/or the grid
    • maintain the structure , as well as any vegetation planted
    • remove the gate and/or grid if it is not effective, causing a nuisance or is an actual or potential safety hazard
    • install specified warning signage

    A full list of conditions will be provided with the approval.

     

     

     

  • What is the term of the approval?

    The term of an approval will be determined by council, taking into regard the information submitted by the applicant. This term will be specified in the written approval notice.

    Renewals and extensions may also be applied for.

A grid is a structure designed to permit the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic along a road, but prevent the passage of livestock.

Under the local law, a responsible person for a gate or grid installed across a road means:
the person who installed the gate and/or grid; and
the person for whose use or benefit the gate and/or grid were installed; and
the person who has the benefit of the gate and/or grid installed across the road.
Common sense dictates that persons in close proximity to a gate or grid, who use the gate or grid on a regular basis, benefit from the installation of the relevant gate or grid.

If council is unable to identfy a responsible person, as defined above, and unable to take enforcement action, council may simply remove the gate or grid at council’s cost as part of its normal road maintenance activities.

The applicant must complete and return an application form to council detailing:

  • the design of the proposed gate or grid including all dimensions, alignments and structural elements; and
  • the location within the road of the proposed gate or grid; and
  • the particulars of all warning or similar signage proposed to be erected by the applicant.

In addition, the applicant proposing to install a gate or grid must advise council of the date and time of installation, as well as any impacts on pedestrian or vehicular traffic and materials, equipment and vehicles to be used when installing the gate or grid.

Application forms are available by contacting council.

The cost of installation of all gates and cattle grids across council roads is to be borne by the applicant.

The applicant must complete and return an application form to council detailing:

  • the design of the gate or grid including all dimensions, alignments and structural elements; and
  • the location within the road of the gate or grid; and
  • particulars of all warning or similar signage erected about by the applicant.

The gate or grid must not result in:

  • Harm to human health or safety, including the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
  • Property damage or loss of amenity; or
  • Nuisance; or
  • Unreasonable obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
  • Unreasonable prejudice to proper maintenance of a road; or
  • Environmental harm or environmental nuisance.

The applicant will receive a written notice regarding the outcome of their application.

If approved, a number of conditions can be imposed on the approval holder.

Most importantly, these conditions require the landholder to:

  • comply with safety requirements, standard plans and specifications
  • maintain the road for the full width of the grid and a distance of 5 metres on each side of the gate and/or the grid to ensure it is in good and sufficient repair
  • take out and maintain public liability insurance as specified by the local government and produce documentary evidence of the insurance to the local government before the installation of the gate and/or the grid
  • maintain the structure , as well as any vegetation planted
  • remove the gate and/or grid if it is not effective, causing a nuisance or is an actual or potential safety hazard
  • install specified warning signage

A full list of conditions will be provided with the approval.

 

 

 

The term of an approval will be determined by council, taking into regard the information submitted by the applicant. This term will be specified in the written approval notice.

Renewals and extensions may also be applied for.

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