A PRIMARY school lies in the path of a planned truck route through Colac.
Eight members of a heavy vehicle route community reference group have written to Colac Otway Shire Council, concerned about the safety of residents and children if a new truck route goes through housing areas or a school.
Reference group members told the Colac Herald that two of the eight shortlisted routes which the council’s consultants were considering went through Elliminyt Primary School, to connect to Irrewillipe Road.
Elliminyt Primary School Parents and Friends Association president Johanna Latham said she was against a truck route near any Colac schools.
“I think it’s crazy to be putting anything like that near a school, I just hope common sense prevails,” Mrs Latham said.
“Given there are outlying areas that could be utilised, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of logic to the options that will affect an awful lot of children and families,” she said.
“Just from a geographical point of view, that’d be terrible for Elliminyt because you’ve got a lot of kids in that area who attend that school because it’s the closest.
“There are already some issues with the log trucks that go down Main Street and the speeds that they approach, so having a heavy vehicle route right near a school I think would be asking for trouble.”
The six other options are a route across Lake Colac, one using Aireys Street, two north of the lake, one which turns off at Warncoort and exits at Pirron Yallock, and one which uses Forest Street and Larpent’s Monkton Estate Road.
The Colac Herald understands a reference group member asked consultants at their latest meeting to investigate a route alongside Colac’s train tracks.
Cr Frank Buchanan is a councillor representative in the project.
Cr Buchanan said the Elliminyt Primary School and Lake Colac routes were unfeasible.
“Forget them,” he said.
“It’s not going to work so you may as well cut them off quick.”
Cr Buchanan said the consultants should refine the list “very quickly to ones that are achievable and affordable rather than throw everything up in the air and say everything’s under consideration”.
Council infrastructure and services general manager Neil Allen said the consultant was preparing a report with four route options to divert trucks away from Murray Street in Colac’s central business district.
“These four options will undergo intensive investigation,” he said.
Mr Allen said the council would set another community reference group meeting once it received the report.