Truck tally shows need for bypass

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Truck tally shows need for bypass

TRUCKS ply through the Leongatha CBD at an extraordinary rate.
They seem to be at their busiest first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon.
But there are many during the day as well.
The Star took a survey, totally lacking in bureaucratic rigour, for 20 minutes from 9.50am yesterday, counting a total of 32 trucks going through the CBD.
These included cattle trucks, tankers, a huge log truck that had some difficulty negotiating the McCartin Street/Bair Street roundabout and a rubbish truck. Two or three came through the town twice, but were counted each time.
Utilities, utes with trailers, four-wheel-drives towing caravans or boats were not included in the count. Had they been, the tally would have nudged 50.
The number surprised even Terry Aeschlimann, who is spearheading a campaign for a truck bypass route to take the heavy vehicles out of the Leongatha CBD.
Terry is president of the Leongatha Progress Association and is circulating a petition calling for the bypass. He and his colleagues felt some action was needed, saying people are sick of the discussions and want something done.
So far, there are 150 signatures; 1000 are needed.
You can sign it at the newsagency, Edney’s, Apex Caravan Park, Mobil, CSC Snack Bar and the Christian Bookshop in Bair Street.
Leongatha Chamber of Commerce president Darryl McGannon, said the petition was a good idea because the lack of an alternative route for trucks was holding back the town’s progress.
While South Gippsland Shire Council has a preferred route for the bypass, that is where the matter rests.
He hopes the petition will give the bypass the fillip it needs.
Mr McGannon would like to see Bair Street redeveloped, but that can’t happen until a bypass route is determined.
He said long-time residents were fed up with the lack of action.
“It’s something that really needs to be pushed, it’s been going on for so long.
“The response has been positive from business owners and the general public.”
The petition will be presented to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, before Easter. Mr Ryan is the Member for Gippsland South and since forming government last November, is being touted as the Coalition – and State Parliament’s – best performer.
“We’ll put him to the test on that one!” Mr McGannon declared.
Mr Ryan held bypass discussions with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce in the lead up to last year’s state election.

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