Pine plantation harvesting begins

HVP Plantations will begin harvesting local pine plantations at Mount Macedon next month.

HVP Plantations will begin harvesting local pine plantations at Mount Macedon next month.

Truck movements will increase across Mount Macedon as HVP Plantations begins harvesting local pine plantations over two years.

Residents can expect about 10 to 15 truck movements daily, Monday to Friday, during the harvest period from December through to April.

The long-term truck traffic has stirred the local school community with fears expressed about safety as increased movements are expected along Mount Macedon Road.

A HVP spokesperson told the Express the group was working with VicRoads around ensuring the safest haulage outcomes.

"Unfortunately there is no safe alternative access due to the hairpin bends on Mount Macedon Road north of the plantations."

Once harvesting has been completed, the areas will transition to the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning for revegetation to native species and ongoing management.

While there have been plantations in the area for more than 100 years, the community has not seen a harvest and log haulage activity since the plantations were thinned in the late 1990s.

HVP representatives made themselves available to answer questions and talk to members of the community earlier this month, however, only 10 people took up the opportunity.

HVP implemented signage on the edge of the plantation, provided pamphlets on the harvest and log haulage to all neighbours and businesses, and down the haulage route.

Last year the group delivered a truck safety program at the Woodend, Mount Macedon and Macedon primary schools.

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