In­dus­try slams Mackay laws

Coun­cil ex­tends dead­line for sub­mis­sions

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

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

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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.

PHOTO: CAMP­BELL GELLIE

PRO­POSED LAWS: Mackay Mayor Greg Wil­liamson has ex­tended time for sub­mis­sions.

PHOTO:CONTRIBUTED

QTA’S CEO Gary Ma­hon.

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