SCARE GUNS VITAL: Cr Ross Bartley with producer Mick Unwin. Both believe farmers need to have the right to use scare guns as they deem necessary. Photo Jenna Cairney/Warwick Daily News
SCARE GUNS VITAL: Cr Ross Bartley with producer Mick Unwin. Both believe farmers need to have the right to use scare guns as they deem necessary. Photo Jenna Cairney/Warwick Daily News Jenna Cairney

Council will have to investigate scare gun complaints

COMPLAINTS against scare guns and hail cannons will be investigated by the Southern Downs Regional Council, following advice from the State Government.

In May the council decided to throw out its policy and guidelines for dealing with scare gun and hail cannon complaints.

The council sent the Department of Environment and Heritage a letter, outlining its decision and stating its intention to hand over investigating complaints to the state.

Acting director of planning and environment Tim O'Brien said the department's response meant the council must investigate any complaints received.

"Otherwise the complainant could take up the non-investigation of their complaint with the Queensland Ombudsman," he said.

"It is anticipated that council staff will investigate complaints received and take the matter to council if no resolution of the complaint is achieved."

There have been three complaints made to the council about noise from scare guns and hail cannons in the past 12 months.

Each complaint was resolved by negotiation.
 



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