11 November 2021

Goulburn Mulwaree Council takes legal action against Multiquip over road deterioration

| Max O'Driscoll
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Damage to road

Damage to roads on Multiquip’s haulage route are a safety hazard in need of urgent resolution. Photo: Goulburn Mulwaree Council.

After growing increasingly frustrated with inactivity from Multiquip regarding the deterioration of roads on their haulage route, Goulburn Mulwaree Council has decided to take legal action against the company in the hope that it stops them from delaying their works any longer.

Multiquip runs the “Ardmore Park” quarry in Bungonia, 25 kilometres east of Goulburn and, as part of its agreement with the council, they are required to monitor and repair deterioration in the roads on their regular route.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council believes the Oallen Ford and Jerrara Roads have deteriorated to the point where they require urgent attention and is putting pressure on Multiquip to resolve the situation.

General Manager at Goulburn Mulwaree Council Warwick Bennett said he believed Multiquip was using delaying tactics in responding to the deterioration of roads and this was having an impact on the community

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“It is the community who is suffering because of the significant deterioration in the road. Multiquip’s lack of action to undertake the repairs they are legally required to do is unacceptable,” said Mr Bennett.

“The shoulders of the road continue to deteriorate and we do not feel that it is acceptable for the community and road users to continue to have to deal with this.”

“Our number one priority is ensuring Multiquip stop delaying and get on with fixing the road and achieving a road standard which was agreed on in the original consent,” he said.

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The nine councillors at the 2 November council meeting voted unanimously to commence legal action against Multiquip, taking on the advice of council staff who have been in talks with the group and were left unsatisfied with the state of the project. This relates to development consent conditions Multiquip agreed to in 2009.

Since hearing of the council’s determination to take the matter to court, Multiquip has brought plans for road works to a halt and are now determining their next move.

Region Media approached Multiquip for comment but it was not forthcoming.

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Whoever is supposed to be repairing the Gundaroo/Sutton Roads between Gunning and Sutton have completely failed also. It has been in a very very poor state for months. There are some sections where drivers simply cannot avoid the large potholes which undoubtedly damage vehicles and put the drivers in danger.

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