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FARM ONLINE | Grain growers avoid roads due to safety concerns

FARMERS and grain transporters are avoiding certain sections of roads due to safety concerns as the damage bill to the nation's road network from the spring flooding continues to grow.

AAP reported that over 82,000 roads have officially been damaged by recent flooding, with over 6400 road closures.

There are still critical freight routes through Victoria's Murray Valley and the Newell Highway in NSW that are closed.

Grain Producers Australia chief executive Colin Bettles encouraged grain producers to contact his organisation to help GPA prepare a submission to government on the matter.

"They'll have a story to tell about how we got here due to gradual deterioration or neglect - not just the recent proliferation of potholes - and some firm advice on where we need to go in future," Mr Bettles said.


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