Report livestock on roads

Wandering stock on roads is a risk to motorists, the public and the animal itself. It is an offence for a person to allow livestock to wander or to fail to adequately confine livestock to a property.

It is the responsibility of the landowner and/or animal owner to ensure livestock is adequately contained to its property. As wandering livestock can be dangerous it is important that animal owners make sure their animals are properly secured at all times. 

If you see livestock wandering on a road or public space please report it straight away as Council has the authority to remove and impound livestock from Council-owned roads, parks, or reserves. 


As wandering livestock is a safety issue please phone us so we can attend to the matter immediately. Council Officers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist.

If you are unable to phone us, you can report wandering livestock by email to


Council Officers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. If you are calling outside of business hours please select option 1 for emergencies.

Report wandering stock by calling us on 03 5366 7100

You will need to tell us:

  • Where the livestock is located
  • What type of livestock it is

In person

Report wandering livestock at one of the following locations:

Ballan Office 
15 Stead Street, Ballan
Open: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm

Darley Civic and Community Hub 
182 Halletts Way, Darley
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm  

Lerderderg Library 
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
           Saturday 9am-2pm

What happens next?

If wandering livestock is happening when we receive the report, our community safety officers will attend as soon as possible.