Truck convoy arrives in Melbourne for farmer protest


About 20 trucks are descending on the Melbourne CBD today (August 15) to join a protest against transmitter towers being built on farmland.

When the convoy reaches the West Gate Bridge, the trucks are expected to slow down to a speed of 40km per hour.

The convey will form part of a larger protest initiated by regional Victorian farmers and their families, which is set to kick off at 12.30pm, according to a post on social media.

“Stop the towers tractor rally … today we make a stand! Today we step on the steps of parliament and tell them we will stop the towers,” the post reads.

“Bring your signs, banners and loud voices.”

It’s understood the trucks are travelling from Ballan, a small town 80km north west of Melbourne.

According to the official website for the campaign, for over three years the Regional Victoria Power Alliance has been voicing its opposition to the “dangerous and ill-conceived” high voltage transmission project, the Western Renewables Link (WRL).

“We now join communities affected by the proposed VNI West transmission line interconnector between Victoria and NSW,” the site says.

“The proposed transmission project will carve a 100m wide path of environmental destruction over pristine agricultural and bush land destroying highly productive food bowls and decimating important environmental protection areas.”

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