I worked the wheat bins in my Uni days. Back then, cockies generally had light duty trucks which were good for the run to the bin, but not for long runs (think "Bedford"). I know many now have heavier duty kit (what %? I don't know) like the one that careered down Greenmount hill and smashed into traffic held at Roe Hwy lights 16-odd years ago. But if cockies have to buy trucks suitable for a 100km+ run to a grain concentration site, why would they bother stopping there? Trucks which can handle 25km and are pretty hot when they get there won't cut the mustard in the brave new world!!
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I work with councils quite a lot and my Wheatbelt ones are very worried about some of the jalopies on the road trying to do longer haulage.
Many farmers have special licence vehicles that only get licenced on a month to month basic when harvest is on. To say a lot should not be on the road is about as polite as you can get.
Presumably farms who now have further to go to deliver grain will get some dispensation with the NG closures from CBH??
Most contract haulers doing grains are sensible drivers on these single lane wheatbelt roads. The problem is usually the 20yo in the souped up ute trying to pass them.
Good luck to the ARG staff. The uncertainty is often worse than the final outcome, especially for the ones with partners and kids.