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Gumley Road upgrade to get piggies to market

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Friday, 9 February 2018 - 2:45pm
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Mount Mercer

The agricultural sector in Golden Plains Shire will be getting their goods to market more efficiently with works commencing on a major upgrade of Gumley Road.

Works kicked off on the project this week, which will seal the full length of the gravel section of the road to a 4-metre width.

Mayor Cr Helena Kirby said that Gumley Road is an extremely important route for Golden Plains Shire.

“We’re grateful for the State Government’s substantial contribution to this important project,” Cr Kirby said.

“The partnership between the Shire, Western Plains Pork and State Government will see this road upgraded for heavy freight vehicles.

“Agriculture is one of our most important regional industries, and projects like this support our employers to remain competitive by getting their produce to market more efficiently.”

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said the State Government is proud to help deliver such an important upgrade.

“Our agriculture sector is extremely important to this region and that’s why we’re upgrading local roads to support local producers and suppliers,” he said.

“Funding from the Local Roads to Market program toward the cost of upgrading Gumley Road will enable primary producers to move their products and livestock off to market as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

“Sealing the road will not only reduce dust and damage but will allow for increased loading - further improving productivity by saving time and costs.

“We have worked together with Golden Plains Shire and Western Plains Pork to deliver funding that will not only support local business but make this road better for all users.”

The State Government has delivered $600,000 for the upgrade of Gumley Road, with Golden Plains Shire Council funding $150,000 and Western Plains Pork contributing $147,875 toward the project.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.