SOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council has voted to voice its concerns about new heavy truck laws to the state and federal transport because of possible cost-shifting and economic impacts.
Councillor Katrina Rainsford moved an amendment to the original motion, which was to not the implications of the new Heavy Vehicle National Law, which created the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
Under the new law, Southern Grampians Shire will be responsible for issuing permits for heavy vehicles that use local roads under the framework established by the NHVR.
Cr Rainsford called for the amendment because she was concerned that the shire would be taking on an extra cost burden with assessing and issuing permits.
“We’re given extra responsibility, so we should be given extra money to do that job,” she said.
“By lobbying now we don’t have to cop it sweet and may actually influence the process if we actively engage.
“From what I read and what I hear things aren’t fully bedded down so there’s time to make these representations.”
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014