Farmers, will you travel on gravel?

By Campaspe News

WITH the harvest season approaching, Campaspe Shire Council is calling on larger agricultural producers to help council find out what gravel roads are being used the most ahead of time.

Mayor Adrian Weston said it was important council made sure high-use gravel and earth roads used by rural producers during harvest could cater for the heavy and high volumes of traffic expected.

‘‘We are asking our large-scale broad-acre producers, carting 25 tonnes 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 Weston said.

Although Cr Weston said council had a general understanding of road usage from previous years, this could change from year to year.

Information obtained will help council staff in planning grading works for the coming months, to ensure specific roads are targeted and ready for heavy use.

‘‘Working in consultation with the community will go a long way in ensuring key roads are targeted and ready for the harvest season ahead,’’ Cr Weston said.

Information will be collected through feedback forms and will be collated and assessed for the works program.

Feedback forms are available on council’s website, under the ‘‘have your say’’ section and can be emailed to [email protected] by August 9.