Grain handling – Plains shire to support scheme trial

LIVERPOOL Plains Shire has agreed to support a scheme improving productivity within the grains industry, but only while the council’s satisfied the roadnetwork is not suffering.

Council will continue participatingin the Grain Harvest Management Scheme, which is being trialled by the state government until June next year.

The scheme allows eligible heavy vehicles to legally exceed the regulated total mass limits by up to 5 per centwhen delivering loads to participating grain receivers.

Its gives farmers and transport operators the reassurance that if they misjudge when loading on the paddock, they are not going to be turned away at receival sites or breached for going over general mass limits.

Council’s director engineering and technical services, Greg Tory, said considering Liverpool Plains’ position within the farming belt and the high level of industry compliance, the council should continue its participation.

“Consultation on this issue has included grain growers, grain haulage operators and drivers, management of grain receival facilities, transport companies, government agencies and industry associations such as the Farmer’s Federation and the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association,” he said.

Mr Tory said there had been concerns regarding potential damage to the shire’s roads and bridge network due to increased masses.’

However, initial findings indicated the scheme was meeting its aim of balancing productivity with the impacts on infrastructure.

“And industry compliance is very high with 1.6 per cent of deliveries falling outside the allowable 5 per cent increase,” Mr Tory said.

Roads and Maritime Services will conduct a review of the scheme.

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