Industry slams Mackay laws
Council extends deadline for submissions
MACKAY Regional Council’s proposed heavy vehicle laws have been slammed as “unreasonable” by the Queensland Trucking association.
Under the proposed law, anyone living on a rural block would have to hide their trucks from view and only be allowed to come and go once a day between 6.30am and 6.30pm.
In a bid to prevent the changes, Queensland Trucking Association’s CEO Gary Mahon, AgForce Queensland Farmers director livestock policy Renata Berglas and Transport Workers Union Queensland branch secretary Peter Biagini called for a “comprehensive reconsideration” of the proposed law in a letter sent to Mackay Regional Council’s CEO Craig Doyle.
“As you are aware our vital heavy vehicles in all their forms make a significant contribution to the Mackay regional economy and consequently the state contribution to GDP along with employment and general prosperity to your community,” they wrote.
“In particular the regional economy is highly dependent on heavy transport in all its forms, and introducing unnecessary significant cost increases to your community can only be to the detriment and detract from any competitive advantage that might or could be held.”
“It seems a very extreme set of requirements when the nub of the issue, if there are people who are doing things like running a fridge motor during the night or perhaps running a truck on and off property during the night, there are other rules that can deal with that,” QTA’s CEO Gary Mahon told Big Rigs on the issue.
“If you’re going to impose these sort of conditions to this sort of extent or that’s your proposal, the very least you can do is engage in a much wider consultation than has occurred up until now.”
Single Transport Services owner Ian Single said he could “totally understand” why someone living in suburbia didn’t want a truck starting up right beside their window.
But he believed the community needed to be
you’re going to impose these sort of conditions to this sort of extent or that’s your proposal, the very least you can do is engage in a much wider consultation than has occurred up until now.
— Gary Mahon
more aware of the “importance of this industry”.
“We are treated so bloody poorly in a lot of places and look, what’s the answer, I think councils in general and Mackay in particular, have to do a little bit better than what they’re doing,” he said.
Mackay Region Mayor Greg Williamson, however, was eager to quell the concern raised by the industry, saying the proposed by-law was not “dissimilar to any major city laws about parking of heavy vehicles in residential areas throughout Queensland”.
“It is almost identical to the Ipswich City Council or Moreton Bay Council or parking in built up areas in Toowoomba Regional Council,” he said.
“What we’ve done is said we’re going to look at the law, we’ve invited submissions, extended for a couple of submitters to allow all to get submissions in.
“Really this is not saying it can’t be done, we’re saying we need to be able to regulate it and we need to be able to issue approvals if a vehicle is to be parked on a residential property.”
Submissions close on February 13, 2018.
PROPOSED LAWS: Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson has extended time for submissions.
QTA’S CEO Gary Mahon.