Cropping

Road use info sought

By Country News

Campaspe Shire Council is inviting larger agricultural producers to discuss what gravel and earth roads they plan to use in advance of this season’s harvest.

Deputy Mayor Vicki Neele said the council asked producers last year what roads they planned to use and the feedback helped to ensure the road network was ready for the important harvest season and expected high volumes of traffic.

‘‘We are asking our large scale broad-acre producers, carting 25tonnes or more per load, what gravel or earth roads they are planning to use, how many truck movements and tonnes, and roughly at what time periods,’’ Cr Neele said.

‘‘This information will assist our staff in planning grading works for the coming months, to ensure specific roads are targeted and ready for heavy use.

‘‘Whilst we have a general understanding of the usage from last year’s discussions, this can change from year to year. By asking our producers now, we can get the works done in a planned manner.’’

Cr Neele said all information collected through the community sessions and feedback forms would be collated and assessed for the works program.

The council is inviting producers to community sessions on Thursday, June 7 at:

■Lockington: Lockington Recreation Reserve car park, Burns St, from 9am to 10am.

■Toolleen: Wayside Stop, 23 Cornella Toolleen Rd, from 10am to 1am.

■Gunbower: The Workshop Café, 3-5 Main St, from 11am to noon.

■Corop: Corop Community Centre car park, Tennis Court Rd, from noon to 1pm.

■Koyuga: Koyuga Recreation Reserve car park, 961 O’Dea Rd, from 2pm to 3pm.

■If unable to attend, a feedback form is available on council’s website under the ‘Have Your Say’ section and can be emailed to: shire@campaspe.vic.gov.au by June 30.