MEETINGS between VicRoads and Serviceton property owners about a proposed rest area along the Western Highway near the South Australian border are continuing.
VicRoads wants to build a new rest area opposite the existing Tolmer rest area to improve safety on the highway.
"The Tolmer rest area site is a road safety concern for VicRoads because of motorists making u-turns and turning into oncoming traffic to enter the area," western regional director Ewen Nevett said.
"These types of vehicle movements are dangerous on the Western Highway and a multiple fatality occurred in September 2003 at this site."
The land in question belongs to Bevan and Grace Grosser, who run an almond processing plant and shop, Lockhart Almonds, on the property.
Mr Grosser said he was feeling positive about the plan.
"I think it will be a good thing," he said yesterday.
Negotiations are continuing.
Speaking to the Mail-Times last month, Mrs Grosser said the rest stop would be built on the couple's shop site.
"We're at the stage where we need to retire so we are okay to let go, but we do need to get adequate compensation," she said.
VicRoads last met with the Grossers on Monday.
"Based on the outcome of these discussions, we will be working together to progress our plans for a rest area at this location," Mr Nevett said.
"We will continue to include the relevant parties in further discussions to ensure we achieve the right outcome that addresses the interests of everyone involved."
Mr Nevett said VicRoads also met West Wimmera Shire Council on Monday.
West Wimmera Mayor Bruce Meyer said council had been included in the discussions, but was not heavily involved.
"It's not our call," he said.
"There is ongoing dialogue between the two parties, and there are a few options they are exploring between them.
"It's a long way from settled."