THE ongoing issues associated with log trucks using Satimer Rd to transport logs harvested from a Satimer Rd blue gum plantation to the Port of Geelong just won’t go away.
Both the Glenelg and Southern Grampians shires have come under fire from residents for allowing the harvest company trucks to use Satimer Rd even though the blue gum plantation is located within the Southern Grampians Shire.
Residents have constantly complained to both councils about the road damage caused by the trucks and the constant threat the huge trucks pose to motorists and a school bus that use the road regularly to travel to and from Casterton and surrounding areas.
A public meeting held at the Wando Vale Hall on November 14 last year was told by representatives from both shires that log trucks could be banned from using the southern end of Satimer Rd following an investigation by both shires.
The shires agreed at the meeting to ensure that trucks would no longer transport logs from the Satimer plantation via Satimer Rd, Casterton-Edenhope Rd and the Glenelg Highway to Geelong as from Monday, November 25.
Instead, the trucks travel in the opposite direction to deliver their logs to Geelong via Coleraine and return to the logging site via the existing route. The alternate route is about 12km shorter than the existing route.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, February 26, 2014