Glenelg funds its own timber transport officer

GLENELG Shire will find another timber harvesting officer to avoid confusion about truck routes around plantations. 

Last year the state government stopped funding for a local harvesting officer tasked with overseeing timber operations in the region. 

The move triggered confusion between Green Triangle councils over what routes haulage trucks would take, particularly in the Casterton district. 

Locals near Satimer Road say they weren’t consulted when trucks began moving timber from Southern Grampians Shire into Glenelg, the issue causing some friction between the councils.

At this month’s council meeting, Glenelg Shire voted to fund a new officer out of its own pocket. 

The shire has allowed for the position to be renewed in its next budget but will use “a contracted service provider” as an interim measure. 

Glenelg says it will now seek memorandums of understanding with neighbouring councils to provide information on timber plans when they effect the council’s roads or infrastructure.

Mayor John Northcott said the measures were about safety. 

“Actions we have taken regarding timber haulage in our shire have addressed the safety of our residents and the visitors to our shire as a number one priority,” he said.

“Ensuring the best outcome for our residents while supporting industry in our region means negotiations with the timber industry will continue to be a priority in our budget and council discussions.”

Cr Geoff White said Glenelg wanted to do something “as soon as possible”. 

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