The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier and safer to deliver grain and hay to drought-affected communities across Australia.
Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced the temporary extension of Victoria’s road-train network to include a southbound route between Charlton and Koondrook in Victoria’s north.
Unladen road-trains will now be able to make the southbound journey via Barham and Koondrook to Charlton instead of using the Calder Highway, making it a more efficient return trip for farmers and transport operators.
The faster and more direct southbound route will cut three hours or 220 kilometres off the trip – reducing fuel costs and giving truck drivers a quicker journey home.
The road-train network covers the North-West of Victoria and is a vital part of our rural economy, making it easier for farmers to move livestock and feed between states.
The extension to the network will be in place until the drought breaks.
For more information and to view Victoria’s full road-train network visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford
“We’ve listened to what farmers had to say and are acting swiftly to make it easier to deliver grain and hay to drought affected areas that need it most.”
“This is a big win for farmers and communities affected by the drought – the more direct route will cut travel times, reduce costs and ensure truck drivers make it home safely.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne
“We’re making it easier for rural industry across Australia to get their livestock and fodder where they need to go – supporting our farmers and our economy.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
“We’re backing our farmers doing it tough in this extended drought, making sure they have access to the fodder they need to keep their animals healthy and businesses thriving.”