stock grid is a type of obstacle used to prevent livestock, such as sheep, cattle, goats, pigs or horses from passing along a road which penetrates the fencing surrounding an enclosed piece of land. It consists of a depression in the road covered by a transverse grid of bars or tubes, normally made of metal and firmly fixed to the ground on either side of the depression, such that the gaps between them are wide enough for animals' legs to pass through, but sufficiently narrow not to impede a wheeled vehicle or human foot. This provides an effective barrier to animals without impeding wheeled vehicles, as the animals are reluctant to set foot on the grates.

Drought Communities Road Safety Grid Replacement Program

Council has been successful in attracting funding through the drought communities program to undertake a program to repair, replace or remove defective grid crossings within the shire to improve road safety.

This program has been allocated $600,000 with more than half going towards the purchase of new grids ready for installation; the balance is to be used to implement the program. This will in some cases involve replacement of existing defective grids with new grids or the removal of grids that have become redundant due to the fencing of the road.

Council has already undertaken an inspection of all grids throughout the Shire and this inspection has established what is required to ensure that the defective grids are brought up to standard. In some cases only minor maintenance is required in other cases the grids are of such poor standard that a full replacement is required and in other cases fences have been installed so that the grids can be removed. The priority for utilisation of the grant funds must be the condition of the grid and impact on road safety, not just the convenience of having or not having a grid.

For details concerning the application process and contributions required can be found on the application form available for download; DCP Grid Application.

Contact Details

General Manager
Phone: 02 6830 5100
Fax: 02 6839 2100