NSW Coun­cil backs har­vest scheme

Moree Plains Shire Coun­cil on board GHMS af­ter a brief hia­tus

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has backed the New South Wales Grain Har­vest Man­age­ment Scheme (GHMS) af­ter a brief hia­tus.

The coun­cil dug its heels in due to lack of de­tail in the ab­sence of a re­port on the 2015-16 har­vest.

It will now par­tic­i­pate in this sea­son’s scheme, to a point.

Coun­cil­lors ex­pressed con­cerns that the in­dus­try data in­di­cated higher than an­tic­i­pated breaches within the shire.

“I am pretty dis­ap­pointed that the data seems to show that the sys­tem is be­ing abused by some op­er­a­tors,” mayor Ka­t­rina Humphries says.

“We were as­sured by in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the last few years that this would be utilised only as a tol­er­ance – not be­come a back­door way of over­load­ing trucks.”

The coun­cil agreed to par­tic­i­pate from Oc­to­ber 1 to De­cem­ber 31 with ac­cess re­stricted to 25m-26m B-dou­ble and road train (A-dou­ble and AB-triple) routes on its re­gional and lo­cal roads.

The scheme pro­vides an ad­di­tional 5 per cent mass al­lowance for pro­duc­tiv­ity and aims to min­imise the risk associated with the vari­able con­di­tions of load­ing trucks at farms.

It is de­signed to min­imise heavy ve­hi­cle move­ments, pro­tect roads and to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency of the grain in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Roads and Mar­itime

Ser­vices (RMS), the NSW Grain Har­vest Man­age­ment Scheme: July 2015 to June

2016 Har­vest Pe­riod Re­port, shows 80 per cent of de­liv­er­ies were com­pleted us­ing the scheme con­ces­sion.

“This con­firms the im­por­tance of the scheme in con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant benefits to re­gional com­mu­ni­ties through pro­mot­ing the safe and pro­duc­tive move­ment of grain,” RMS freight branch act­ing direc­tor Susie Mackay says.

“The scheme is also meet­ing its ob­jec­tives of pro­tect­ing road in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the safe move­ment of grain through low lev­els of over­load­ing and sav­ing an es­ti­mated 9525 one-way trips.”

Across all de­liv­er­ies, both GHMS and non-GHMS, com­pli­ance was high at 95.5 per cent, with 4.1 per cent of all re­ported de­liv­er­ies be­ing over­mass and 4.3 per cent of GHMS de­liv­er­ies be­ing above GHMS mass lim­its.

The re­port sees in­dus­try com­pli­ance as “strong”, demon­strat­ing that “the scheme con­tin­ues to achieve its ob­jec­tives”.

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