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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:08

Calls for urgent action on port roads

"Broken" freight roads in the Greater Green Triangle region are putting a $15 billion export industry at risk, the region's peak advocacy body has warned.

The Great South Coast Group will this week call on State and Federal governments to take urgent action on major roads leading to the Port of Portland.

The Group's Chair Cr Colin Ryan said key freight routes were literally crumbling under the weight of timber trucks, placing lives and livelihoods at risk.

"The timber harvest in the Greater Green Triangle region is really only just getting started," Cr Ryan said.

"We're expecting a 700 per cent increase in harvest volumes over the next five to seven years – that equates to around $15 billion in exports through the Port of Portland.

"If we don't take immediate action, all of that will be in jeopardy."

Cr Ryan said around 200 kilometres of road leading to the port had been impacted and needed urgent attention from both State and Federal governments.

"The Port of Portland is the largest woodchip port in the world.

"This is an issue of national significance and my Great South Coast colleagues and I fully support Glenelg Shire Council and its calls for urgent action."

Cr Ryan said he would be personally raising the issue with Daniel Andrews this week, requesting a meeting as soon as possible.

He would also be taking opportunity to speak with Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss.

"The timber won't stop growing, waiting for us to get our act together," Cr Ryan said.

"We need to take action now if we plan on having a timber industry in the near future."

Media Contact:
Karen Foster, Mobile: 0407 312 836.


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