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Yarriambiack Shire gains new road train service

WELL known and regarded district grain and bulk transport contractor Craig Garlick has, after many years achieved a new accreditation status, becoming the first transport company in the Yarriambiack Shire to become road train accredited for operations in the region.

Mr Garlick, who has worked self-employed in this region for over 24 years and in more recent years under the “Garlick Transport” brand, and his wife Alishia are delighted at the news that their Garlick Transport company has finally received road train accreditation.

Garlick Transport currently operates within the wheatbelt region, servicing producers across the Yarriambiack Shire.

Fielding a fleet of three trucks, all of which are fitted with load scales, plus an extra sub-contractor using Garlick Transport trailers, Mr Garlick is ready to begin assisting the regions’ farmers in what is expected to be a busy harvest.

“I’m keen to begin helping the farmers and speed up their harvest,” Mr Garlick said.

With the head office located in Beulah in the former Wimmera Grain offices, Garlick Transport is in prime position to assist in grain haulage throughout the length of the shire.

“At the moment we are assisting in transporting grain to local storages, and then after Christmas we’ll begin transporting that grain south to the Victorian ports,” he said.

Garlick Transport expects all four trucks in the fleet will become road train accredited in the near future.

“We can now haul more weight, up to 86 tonnes gross, and a payload of up to 60 tonnes,” Mr Garlick said.

Garlick Transport is also fully insured for all operations.

Mr Garlick says, “its fantastic that the accreditation has come through, as it’s been a long wait.”

This work in preparation for the accreditation has been quite intensive and we have really appreciated the assistance of the shire staff in this work. It’s been a ‘long haul’ and without the council support, would have been nearly impossible,” Mr Garlick said.

Lah farmer David Drage said, “now it’s up to Vic Roads to lift their game and get the regions roads up to scratch.”

“It is hoped that Vic Roads will manage and maintain the roads effectively around the region, so if the National Heavy Vehicle Regulators and Vic Roads themselves sign off on allowing road trains to be used more extensively in the region, road conditions will be up to standard so that operations like grain and bulk haulage can be run effectively,” Mr Drage said.

Garlick Transport’s new accreditation status comes after an earlier decision was reached by National Heavy Vehicle Regulators and Vic Roads allowed road trains to operate on the Henty Highway between Horsham and Mildura, the Borung Highway from Warracknabeal to Dimboola and the Western Highway.

“We’re glad that this accreditation has finally been achieved for operations within the shire, with all that hard work paying off, the team can now concentrate on helping farmers get through a busy harvest and getting their produce into the storages,” Mr Garlick concluded.