Colac Otway Shire Council could revisit a proposal for a bypass over Lake Colac, after local industry and trucking businesses rejected an idea to re-route trucks around Lake Colac.
Mayor Jason Schram met with 10 industry and trucking businesses in Colac on Friday to propose the council push for a curfew that would have diverted trucks from Murray Street onto existing roads around Lake Colac during business hours.
Cr Schram provided three options to the businesses, which he said increased the trucks’ travel distances between 25 and 30 kilometres but improved safety and amenity on Murray Street.
But businesses at the meeting rejected the idea, saying that the extra travel distance and travel time would be too costly for business.
“The transport and industry in Colac agree with the concept that the trucks in Murray Street need to be addressed,” Cr Schram said.
“They don’t necessarily agree with the alternate routes north of the lake because ultimately anything that adds times or kilometres to a journey affects their bottom line.”
See today’s Colac Herald for more.