Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP is warning that a record harvest will result in further deterioration of the Mallee Highways.
Mr Pasin has said it was fantastic to see crops looks so good and many farmers are feeling confident that this year will be their best since 2010.
“With this volume of grain set to see additional trucks using the Mallee Highways, the already unsatisfactory road is about to get a whole lot worse,” Mr Pasin said.
A recent RAA report estimated traffic volumes on the major arterial corridor at more than 1,000 vehicles a day. A rapid increase of heavy vehicles using the Highway since rail freight ceased in 2015 has resulted in server deterioration of much of the 370 kms of road surface.
“Because the Government has failed to invest ahead of time, they will now need to spend significant sums repairing the Mallee Highway following harvest. The Mallee Highway are integral parts of our regional road network, transporting large volumes of some very significant commodities and I fear post-harvest it will look like it’s been rotary hoed!” Mr Pasin said.
“Our economy, both local and national, needs a safe and productive transport route to see this produce get off the farm and off to market,” Mr Pasin said.
“Keeping freight running efficiently and safely is vital to keeping our economy strong and supporting jobs. Providing a well maintained and connected road network through the Mallee is a fundamental part of this,” Mr Pasin said.
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