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MEDIA RELEASE - Council supports timber growth

29 May 2017

Glenelg Shire’s timber industry continues to grow with a 30 per cent increase in harvests last financial year.

A new council report shows 99 Timber Harvest Plans were issued to the council in 2015-16, with 63 currently processed for this financial year and more scheduled in the near future.

These plans assist with identifying appropriate haulage routes, cost recovery for road damage, timeframes for harvest, drainage issues, whilst identifying further compliance issues.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the economic value of the industry was estimated to be more than $770 million which supports 150 local businesses.

“It is clear to see that the timber industry continues to be a major economic driver in our community which supports 4000 direct jobs and a further 4500 indirectly,” she said.

“Whilst Timber Harvest Plans are slightly down on other years, the industry is preparing for a busy period ahead with planned additional harvest and capital development.

“Council is working closely with the industry to build strategies to ensure our road network can cope with this growing haulage, to ensure the safety of drivers and the broader community.”

A rollover prevention campaign, which included education on load requirements and driver behaviour, resulted in a decrease in truck rollovers of 65 per cent since 2015.

Furthermore, council is in discussions with VicRoads and the industry to identify possible locations for warning lights at rollover blackspots.

Cr Rank said council was working hard to improve process to make it easier for the industry to do business.

“The relationship between council and the industry is showing positive results and will be critical to sustain further business growth into the short term future,” she said.

“There have been significant improvements over the past 12 months and council is focused on building on these outcomes to attract additional investment.

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