MOTORISTS have called on the Moyne Shire to seal a popular thoroughfare between Yambuk and Orford after rain eroded the gravel track.
Nanjing Night Net

Barkers Road, which connects the Yambuk district to Port Fairy-Hamilton Road, is sealed along its southern section but abruptly turns to gravel at its northern stretch.

More than 160 people signed a petition to call on the shire to seal the link and councillors officially received the report at last night’s council meeting.

Yambuk farmer John Porter organised the petition and told The Standard he believed the road was a strategic route for the district.

He said blue gum plantations and wind farm development in the region meant Barkers Road needed to be sealed before it deteriorated further.

“It’s a relatively small section of unsealed road yet because it is a gravel track along its northern stretch, it deters people from using it,” Mr Porter said.

“Barkers Road is a key strategic road connecting the Yambuk district to the hinterland, to Macarthur and Hamilton.

“If you live along the coastal region, there isn’t many alternative routes that are sealed unless you count Tyrendarra, which is miles away, or the roads around Bessiebelle, which are rather disjointed.” Barkers Road, known interchangeably as St Helens Road, runs for 16 kilometres from north of Yambuk to the Port Fairy-Hamilton and Mount Misery roads intersection near Broadwater.

Five kilometres of the road are unsealed and situated between hectares of blue gum plantations and densely forested reserve. Moyne Shire mayor Jim Doukas said the council would investigate the merits of sealing Barkers Road during the coming month. He said the northern section of the road was located between thick vegetation.

“It’s good to see the community have generated this petition and we’ll be looking at all the options over the next few weeks,” Cr Doukas said.

Moyne Shire has undertaken some repair works on the road since last winter after rain eroded the gravel surface.

The divide between the sealed and unsealed sections of St Helens Road was repaired in the early 2000s.

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