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Kamili the giraffe gets OSOM access

Three of the 60,000 access permits processed through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) this year were for the transportation of giraffes.

Melbourne-based operator, L Arthur Transport Services, completed a Perth-to-Melbourne trip last week to move newborn Kamili (who was born last year at Perth Zoo) to Orana Wildlife Park in New Zealand via the Port of Melbourne.

The NHVR coordinated the oversize, overmass access arrangements to ensure Kamili's safety on the 3,400km journey.

NHVR Access Coordinator, Annette Finch, said the giraffe moved in a specially designed enclosure and travelling under a permit on a prime mover with a total height of almost five metres, via a route carefully planned to avoid low bridges, powerlines and other potential obstacles.

“Kamili managed the journey well, supported by specialist vets and saying meeting a few curious onlookers along the way,” said Finch.

“While, it’s certainly the longest giraffe movement we’ve supported, it’s not the first, with NHVR access staff helping to move two other giraffes this year.

“It’s great to be able to be able to play a small part in the conservation of this majestic species," she said.

The NHVR coordinates access permits for Restricted Access Vehicles, including this oversize overmass permit for L Arthur Transport Services, which is transporting on behalf of Perth Zoo and Powerhouse Logistics.

The NHVR is currently undertaking improvements made through implementing the recommendations of the Commonwealth Government’s Review of Oversize Overmass (OSOM) Access Arrangements.

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