Truck access to farms in a remote part of Gippsland has been curtailed, with an earthquake-damaged road yet to be repaired.
The Jamieson Licola Road was damaged by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake last year
Farmers say the detour is dangerous
It has hampered their ability to get trucks to their properties
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck between Licola and Mansfield in September last year.
It damaged the Jamieson-Licola Road, which was further exacerbated by heavy rainfall.
Vehicles travelling north of Licola must detour via Target Creek Road, a gravel single lane road. Locals say it becomes muddy and slippery in wet weather.
Anthony Higgins farms at Glencairn north of Licola. He says he can’t get bulk fuel deliveries to his property because of the road closure.
“[The fuel company] reckons that Target Creek Road is too dangerous to come up in the wet so I’ve had to buy a slip on unit which cost me a couple of thousand dollars,” Mr Higgins said.
“I’ve got to meet them at Licola now and fill my little 400-litre diesel tank and take that home for my fuel supply whereas before they’d come straight to the house.
“It’s just another time consuming arrangement.”
Mr Higgins says he also holds animal welfare concerns, with large cattle trucks unable to access his property.
He said cattle must be transported from his property to Licola on a tray truck, then moved onto a larger truck with trailer for the onward journey.
“You’re double handling cattle. It’s more time consuming and an extra burden on the cattle transport drivers,” Mr Higgins said.