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Oversized machinery gives oversized headache

Queensland grain growers are becoming continually frustrated with the outdated processes and regulations for moving oversized agricultural machinery. Source: Central Telegraph

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,” Mr Anderson 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 “And the regulations are so out of date and unrealistic figures we are working with.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.”

Mr Anderson 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,” Mr Anderson 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,” he 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.”