Maitland Council to investigate Thornton's suburban "cattle run"

Maitland Council will urgently look to tackle the issue of herds of cattle wandering through suburban Thornton.  

Councillor Mitchell Griffin moved the matter during the urgent business section of Tuesday’s council meeting, saying afterwards it was about “keeping the community safe, keeping property safe, and keeping people travelling through the area safe”. 

The motion will see council urgently assess which rural properties the cattle come from as well as presenting solutions to the problem.

The report will be tabled at the next meeting of council on February 27. 

Cr Henry Meskauskas and Cr Phil Penfold both spoke in support of the move, with all councillors voting in favour of the report.

“It’s good to see council finally take action on the issue and I’ll be interested to see what recommendations are made,” Cr Griffin said on Wednesday.

Cr Griffin said earlier this month that council had received more than 50 complaints about cattle at Somerset Park, with gripes including alleged damage to lawns and gardens, as well as fears that drivers may collide with the livestock. 

Other developments from Tuesday’s meeting saw councillors vote unanimously in favour of the creation of 94 residential lots at Billabong Parade, Chisholm.

The application by Avid Residential Estates Pty Ltd includes a major road link between the estates of Harvest and Waterford County. 

Answers were also received regarding a questions on notice lodged by Cr Penfold about an evacuation route for Oakhampton Heights residents during flooding. 

Council responded that further information and clarification is being sought on improvements and flood exits before a briefing is held.