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Oversize rules outdated

UNREALISTIC: Jordan Anderson is fighting for new regulations on moving oversize agricultural machinery.
UNREALISTIC: Jordan Anderson is fighting for new regulations on moving oversize agricultural machinery. Contributed

QUEENSLAND grain growers are becoming continually frustrated with the outdated processes and regulations for moving oversized agricultural machinery.

AgForce Central Queensland grains director and Theodore grain grower and contractor Jordan Anderson hopes to amend the regulations to be more realistic.

"One of the main issues we have at the moment with transport and movement of agricultural machinery is that it takes so long to do things,” Jordan said.

"And the regulations are so out of date and unrealistic figures we are working

with.

"Any grain grower in Queensland knows exactly what I'm talking about.”

Transport makes up more than third of growers' cost of production and Jordan said efficiency was important.

"One of the single biggest hurdles we have to cross when moving machinery, whether it be planting, spraying, harvesting, going between farms or other blocks and for contractors as well, is that we have to apply for permits,” he said.

Jordan said the permit application processes did not align with the modern machinery.

"We've had machinery imports in the last 10-15 years that have come in from the factory and exceed the dimensions,” he said.

Making inroads to updating the regulations, Jordan has been speaking with the appropriate bodies.

"We are working with Transport and Main Roads and in negotiations with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator,” Jordan said.

AgForce has put out a survey for grain growers to complete.

"We are working closely with Queensland producers to actually measure what we have out there,” Jordan said.

"We encourage everyone to take the time because if we don't put in the effort we aren't going to get anywhere.

"So hopefully we can realign the guidelines with current machinery and practices.”

Topics:  agforce queensland agricultural issues banana shire grazier transport industry


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