Gates and Grids Gates and Grids

Review of Council’s Gates & Grids Policy P-2015/27
Community Consultation

Council is currently seeking community input into the review of its Gates and Grids Policy. Community consultation sessions where held in Mount Larcom, Calliope and Miriam Vale from the 12-14 February 2019 and that feedback is currently being collated and will be available from this website shortly.

For those that were unable to attend a consultation session, the information presented at the session is available via this link and a summary is presented below.

These sessions outlined the issues that landowners have with the current policy, detailed the responsibilities of landowners and Council under the current policy, and presented several options for landowners to consider for the management of grids in public roads moving forward.  Landowners who have grids are requested to provide their feedback on the options presented, and/or comments and suggestions on other options via the forms available from the sessions, or via the link at the bottom of this page.

 

Responsibilities under current policy 

Landowner

The responsibility and cost of installing, maintaining, insuring and replacing grid structures, following Council’s procedures and meeting Council’s standards, rests with the landowner who derives the benefit from the structure.

Gladstone Regional Council

  • Conducting annual compliance inspections
  • Administering annual permits and renewals
  • Maintaining and replacing grid signage
  • Removal of unclaimed grids

 

Review timeline of policy

Gates and Grids Policy Review Timeline


Option 1

OPTION 1: Council takes ownership of existing and any future grids with the cost of maintenance and renewals met by:

  1a) The wider rating base
  1b) Special Levy to land owners

Council will then be responsible for the inspection, maintenance and renewal of all grids.
Land owners will still be required to obtain a permit from Council to install new grids, which would be subject to Council’s standards at the time and are considered to give an overall better outcome than fencing.

Option 1A): costs to be met by the wider rating base – this would result in an increase of 0.66% to general rates

Option 1B) costs to be met by a Special Levy to land owners – land owners who directly obtain a benefit from the grid structure would be levied a charge under this option. 

Option 1 Questions & Answers


Option 2

Council takes ownership of the structures from an insurance and maintenance perspective, with the owners continuing to be responsible for the initial installation of a new grid and replacement of the structure at the end of its life
 
   The cost of insurance and maintenance to be met by:

  2a) The wider rating base
  2b) Special Levy to land owners

Under this Option, Council would be responsible for the insurance and maintenance of the structures. 

Land owners would still be responsible for the initial installation of a new grid, and the replacement of the structure at the end of its life. 

This Option would result in an increase of 0.41% to general rates, or a Special Annual Levy would be charged to land owners who directly obtain a benefit from the grid structure.

Land owners would still be required to obtain a permit from Council to install new grids, which would be subject to Council’s standards at the time and are considered to give an overall better outcome than fencing.

Option 2 Questions & Answers

 

Option 3

Maintain the current policy position, with minor amendment to address dual ownership

Under this option, Council’s current policy would remain relatively unchanged. 
The responsibility and cost of installing, maintaining, insuring and replacing grid structures rests with the land owner who derives the benefit from the structure (i.e. does not have to fence and by virtue of that, has the use of the road reserve for grazing).
 
Minor changes would be introduced to address dual ownership concerns.  Dual ownership could be addressed through assigning ownership to a landowner based on the location of the grid.  For example, the landowner to the north or east of the grid would automatically assume responsibility of the grid.

Option 3 Questions & Answers

 

Cost of each option

Gates and Grids Policy Review Cost of each option


Fact sheet for Gates and grids policy review

• Gates and Grids consultation 

 

Consultation Questions & Answers


Gates and Grids Feedback Form

Follow the link and tell Council which of the options for management of Gates and Grids on public roads is preferred. 

  http://bit.ly/GRCGatesAndGridsSurvey

This survey has now closed. Your feedback is now being considered and will be presented to Council in May/June 2019.