5 October 2020
Tania Maxwell MP, Member for Northern Victoria has welcomed news that super-loads from the West Gate Tunnel Project due to detour through Longwood and Locksley are set to be downsized as part of an agreement reached between the Government, private operators, the Longwood Action Group and the Strathbogie Shire Council.
Just one super-load truck will now be taking the detour through Longwood and Locksley, rather than the more than 500 transports originally proposed.
Ms Maxwell raised the issue with the Victorian Government, following discussions with the Longwood Action Group and Strathbogie Shire, by way of two Constituency Questions and in a meeting with the office of the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan.
Ms Maxwell congratulated the Longwood Action Group and the Strathbogie Shire for their efforts in raising the concerns of local residents and pushing for an alternative solution, saying it was a great example of positive and proactive community consultation and advocacy.
The community and Strathbogie Shire Council were dedicated in working with stakeholders to reach an agreeable outcome and Ms Maxwell said she looked forward to the Memorandum of Understanding being signed to formalise the new arrangements.
Quotes attributable to Tania Maxwell MP:
“Local residents had legitimate concerns around long-term potential damage to roads as well as the general disruption of more than 500 massive loads travelling through small communities.”
“The persistence of the Longwood Action Group and the Strathbogie Shire Council has paid off and they are to be congratulated for working proactively to find a great solution.”