Geoff Reid, Rock Valley
Late last century, a bull near Murwillumbah killed someone who strayed into his paddock. If a tourist entered a bull’s paddock from the proposed pushbike trail, perhaps ‘caught short’ and seeking privacy, would the bull be euthanased? Would the farmer be liable?
With people from many nationalities leaving that ‘dump’ in the cattle paddock it could bring human tapeworm eggs and carcass condemnation from beef measles.
Local universities draw South American students. Argentinian farm dirt on one sock could introduce foot and mouth disease. It is super infectious. The estimated cost: $120 million every hour it goes unreported.
From October 2017, farms must have biosecurity plans and exclude disease sources, an impossibility with random foot/bike/horse entry. Premiums for ‘clean green’ milk, meat, even the whole $50 billion livestock industry, would be jeopardised. Shire councillors enabling these risks must bear responsibility for human fatalities and farmers’ losses.