LOCALS have raised “serious” concerns about the increased number of heavy vehicles travelling through Loxton and Moorook, says Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
The State Government announced last week that 35-metre B-triple road trains could access a new freight route down Kingston Road between Moorook and Loxton.
Mr Whetstone said while he welcomed initiatives that cut supply chain costs, improve productivity and save money for primary producers, the move shows “the State Government continues to shirk its responsibility in repairing regional freight routes”.
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special guest: Riverland Batman “It’s just like dropping the speed limit on the Brown’s Well Highway to save lives, without improving the infrastructure which is causing the problem,” Mr Stasinowsky said.
“Diverting these bigger, heavier trucks through Moorook and Loxton to avoid infrastructure like the Paringa Bridge is a danger to the communities. Especially the highly built-up Loxton township, with its busy intersections.
“These B-doubles and B-triples will pass the high school, Orana and aged care residents, and we have a big playground frequently used by children near the roundabout, which is hazardous.
“The trucks are also noisy and will knock the road into disrepair.”
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Riverland and Outback will help to deliver economic benefits to the livestock and meat-processing industries, as well as farmers, wine grape growers and other freight transporters and primary producers.
“These projects are a demonstration of how small improvements to the freight network can save the agricultural industry many millions of dollars.”
However, Mr Stasinowsky said council was “disappointed” by what he claimed was a lack of consultation in making the changes.
“We wrote to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) three months ago when the route was first planned, but we never heard anything back,” he said.
“Council has already
barrier upgrades, intersection upgrades, overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing. When complete, vehicles up to 36.5 metres long will be able to travel the full length of the Sturt Highway to the Victorian border. “With all these upgrades supposedly happening these trucks should bypass the towns,” Mr Stasinowsky said.
“We need a bridge over the river to connect the national highway at Lyrup or at Spring Cart Gully.
“At the end of the day, the safety of our residents is paramount.” The Murray Pioneer understands council representatives will meet with DPTI chief executive officer Michael Deegan to discuss the new freight route when he visits the region in coming “If our freight routes are adequately maintained and fixed, and improved where required, that in itself would provide
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(increased) productivity for our heavy vehicle operators,” he said.
“Sending heavy vehicles through the township of Loxton is not a heavy vehicle efficiency gain.”
The State Government’s move to allow larger trucks travel along the route between Moorook and Loxton came only a week after it announced speed reductions on a number of rural roads, including the Brown’s Well Highway. Mr Whetstone said he had raised the concerns with the Minister for Transport Stephen Mullighan.
“The newly announced freight route bypassing the Kingston Bridge and instead going through Moorook and Loxton also raises questions about the state of the bridge,” he said.
The Murray Pioneer understands District Council of Loxton Waikerie representatives will meet with Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure chief executive Michael Deegan to discuss the new freight route when he visits the Riverland in the coming weeks.