Timber trucks spark road anger

TIMBER trucks will continue to rumble down Satimer Road near Casterton after a spotfire erupted between Glenelg and Southern Grampians over haulage routes. 

Angry residents met with the Glenelg Shire last year demanding the timber trucks change routes to avoid damaging the single-lane road. 

Bluegum harvesting in Southern Grampians has led heavy traffic to use the road to access the Port of Portland, but Glenelg Shire says it wasn’t told of plans to use the route. 

It claims the 11-kilometre stretch of road inside the shire has been severely damaged, much to the frustration of residents. 

At a meeting this week Glenelg Shire said it would be unable to stop trucks using the route but would introduce a range of new measures including; 

n Trucks numbers to be reduced to nine a day;

n Maximum speed limits of 80km/h;

n Fortnightly road inspections.

In a council statement, mayor John Northcott said council had reached the best outcome.

Casterton based councillor Karen Stephens said the issue was concerning for residents.

“It’s done a lot of damage and we will have to work through that,” she said. 

s.mccomish@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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