Warrnambool Kart Club’s Billy Askew, Target Sports Complex’s Graham Dyson and Warrnambool Motorcycle Club’s Roger Laycock want Buckley Road fixed. A ROAD used by thousands of sports enthusiasts each year has been gravel for as long as most locals can remember.
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Located just off the point where the Hopkins Point and Tooram roads intersect near Allansford, Buckley Road services sporting facilities around Lake Gillear.

Most of the road is unsealed, but even a bitumen section has been torn apart by a rise in trucks using the thoroughfare.

Groups which use the Lake Gillear sporting precinct have rallied together to call on the city council to seal the road right through to the parkland.

Warrnambool Motorcycle Club president Roger Laycock said the new quarry had resulted in more heavy vehicles traversing Buckley Road.

He said the increased traffic had turned the road into a dust bowl during summer.

“Prior to the new quarry being established, the council used to grade the road when it became potholed and we had no worries,” Mr Laycock said.

“Now, trucks are whizzing up and down Buckley Road all the time and the dust that comes off it is just blinding during summer.

“We have plenty of people who come here for tournaments and other events and they’re surprised that a site like the one we have is serviced by a dirt track.” Warrnambool Go Kart Club president Billy Askew said the potholed road had caused damage to several cars heading to the Lake Gillear track.

He said the road had deteriorated noticeably in the past two years.

“A few trailers have been knocked about a bit, it’s a pretty rough surface along there,” Mr Askew said.

“Obviously more trucks along there heading down to the quarry have been part of the problem.

“We now have huge potholes on the sealed part of Buckley Road and the unsealed part is just as dangerous.”

Warrnambool City Council infrastructure director Peter Robertson said work to improved damaged sections of Buckley Road would start in coming weeks.

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