NSW grain carter concern on harvest management scheme

By: Rob McKay

LBRCA notes Moree limbo as RMS says report is on its way as details emerge

NSW grain carter concern on harvest management scheme
Some Grain Harvest Management Scheme data has been released


The Moree Plains Shire Councils has reportedly deferred the Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) due to a lack of data on last year’s performance.

But any doubt over Lockhart Shire Council’s participation was resolved last night.

The Moree Plains council has opted for the scheme in the last four years but councillors have refused to go forward with it this year without a promised Roads and Maritime Services report, according to local media and the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LRBCA).

"Last year, Council staff discussed with Transport for NSW how vital the data collected was to council being able to maintain high productivity roads throughout the shire," LRBCA says.

"Verbal assurance was given that data would be available 'soon', however it did not eventuate leaving council in a difficult predicament.

"Moree Plains Shire Council have notified RMS of their decision and have requested the data from last years' scheme.

"The LBRCA will also raise this issue, and the broader issue of accurate and systematic data dissemination across all schemes with RMS at our quarterly meeting on 8 September in Canberra."

The scheme is a signature productivity, safety, efficiency and infrastructure protective strategy that has been extended to mid-2021.

RMS states that the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme report for 2015-16 is being finalised and will be released to the industry and local councils before October.

"In the short term, Roads and Maritime Services has provided an overview of the key findings to the Grain Harvest Consultative Committee in March this year," a spokesperson tells ATN.

"Among the findings, 80 per cent of grain deliveries for the 2015-16 financial year were delivered using the Grain Harvest Management Scheme concession.

"The data during this time also showed there had been a reduction of about 9,525 laden vehicle trips and most vehicles were compliant with their load limits.

"Roads and Maritime is working closely with Lockhart Shire Council and Moree Plains Shire Council to secure their participation in the scheme in 2017-18."

For its part, Lockhart Shire councillors voted for participation between November 1 and January 31, director of engineering and environmental services David Webb tells ATN.

A comment from Moree council is awaited.

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