State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on local residents in Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi to slow down and be aware of a number of stray cows that seem to be wandering around the estates, particularly late at night.
A number of calls and Facebook messages last week alerted Ms Hornery’s office to numerous encounters and close calls with cows in the area.
On Saturday evening, a report was sent through to Ms Hornery that a young driver had been involved in a major accident with a cow in Fletcher.
Residents are being urged to slow down and be aware of the cows, particularly at night, following the accident.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Last week when reports started to flow into my office about a number of cows wandering the streets, it was met with a number of light-hearted jokes on social media.”
“Now we have seen a young person involved in a crash that has caused significant damage to his vehicle.”
“I am urging residents to slow down when driving around Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi, particularly at night.”
“The cows have been spotted on Minmi Road, which has a varying speed limit between 60 and 70km/h and an accident at that speed could cause major damage and injury.”
“I will be talking to Council and other Government agencies about what can be done to track down these animals and their owners before anything more serious happens.”
“If anyone has any details, please do not hesitate to contact my office.”