OPPONENTS of a heavy vehicle truck route through Colac’s suburban streets want residents to attend Wednesday’s shire council meeting to voice their concerns.
Colac Otway Shire Council can choose from five different routes, including one which sends trucks through Drapers Road and Irrewillipe Road.
Residents for a Liveable Community spokesman Jim Ryan said the group distributed a flyer asking residents to attend the council meeting on Wednesday at the Birregurra Community Centre, write a submission or contact a councillor.
“It’s being discussed by the council on Wednesday, we think it would be a good idea for people go to the meeting to show they are generally concerned about the truck route,” Mr Ryan said.
“People are concerned that they don’t want heavy traffic going through residential areas,” he said.
The five long-term route options include: an outer southern route, a northern route around Lake Colac, an inner southern route using Drapers and Irrewillipe roads, an inner route along Colac’s railway reserve and Wilson Street, and an inner northern route across the lake.
Mr Ryan said finding a long-term truck route “wasn’t an easy thing to do”.
“But we just believe going through residential areas is not the solution,” he said.
A council officer’s report recommends abandoning “further investigation of the rail corridor” after advice from Public Transport Victoria which found the corridor was too narrow.
Mr Ryan said the railway reserve and Wilson Street option should be “dropped off the list”.
“But then we’re still concerned about the one further south, Irrewillipe Road,” he said.
“Personally I think that the option that perhaps should be looked at is north of the lake.
“That seems to me that that’s the option, that’s my personal view.”