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Walking pickers on NSW roads
May '11
Cotton Australia has successfully negotiated with the NSW RTA for a special purpose over-size/ over-mass mobile plant 'Permit' which now allows for the walking of the John Deere 7760 cotton picker on roads in NSW- Western zone.

The sudden advice from the RTA on Thursday 5th May to immediately prohibit any further 'walking' (movement under own power) of these cotton picker machines on NSW roads created what could only be described as a significant and extremely costly disruption for NSW growers and their picker operators for completing what otherwise has been a highly anticipated record Australian cotton harvest.

With the cotton industry just beginning to recover from 10 years of drought and poor returns, this type of regulatory agency directive and its immediate impact is one that growers and cotton communities simply cannot afford at this time. The health and prosperity of the Australian cotton industry runs parallel with the sustainability and vibrancy for many NSW rural regional communities, including regional councils who directly benefit from cotton growers and the wider cotton industry.

Cotton Australia is very grateful and highly appreciative for the immediate support and intervention provided by the Hon Duncan Gay MLC and all others within the Minister's Roads and Ports Departmental office for expediting this very practical and sensible resolution from industry's perspective.

While access to these permits will cease after the end of June 2011, there may be opportunity for a further 30 day extension. Cotton Australia will continue to work with the NSW RTA for a longer term resolution.

Cotton Australia

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