Top-up terrific new for country truck washes
Truckies and farmers can breathe a sigh of relief with Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash announcing a $10 million joint Government initiative to build and upgrade NSW truck wash facilities.
Announced at our Annual General Conference in Broken Hill, the fund will be dedicated to 26 projects to create an efficient freight transport network across the state.
The initiative is part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Truck Washes program and focuses on hotspots where truck washing facilities and effluent disposal don’t meet the standards of truck operators or livestock carriers.
The improvements at the 26 facilities will save time and boost productivity for truck operators, whilst provide reassurance for farmers by preventing the spread of disease among livestock.
“The changes will allow livestock carriers a quicker and easier way to wash out and re-load their trucks and is important for biosecurity including disease control and weed management,” Fiona said.
During the announcement in Broken Hill, Melinda Pavey was delighted to confirm the regional city was just one of the current washing facilities in the electorate of Barwon that will receive an upgrade.
“Broken Hill is one of the successful projects, receiving $700,000 under the NSW and Australian Government funding,” Melinda said.
“This will have enormous implications for the local community, saving them more than six hours in travel as the closest available truck was facility is at Jamestown, 330 kilometres away.”
“This is not only saving in productivity time and costs but making our country roads safer.”
In the Barwon electorate, Walgett Shire Council and Cobar Shire Council were also successful applicants and are set to receive $502,000 and $475,000 respectively for their new facilities and upgrades. In the Dubbo electorate, Narromine is set to receive $141, 670, with local member Troy Grant pleased to announce the upgrade this week.
“All projects underwent a detailed evaluation process, first by a Technical Panel chaired by Transport for NSW and then by the Infrastructure NSW’s Regional Independent Assessment Panel with representatives from across the freight industry,” Troy Grant said.
“The benefit of these projects being successful outweighs their costs by more than three times.”
Down South in John Barilaro's Monaro Electorate, Cooma is to recieve $600,000 in funding to upgrade their facility to handle B-doubles, saving truck drivers and transport companies 89kms in travel. The Cooma upgrade is also crucial to aid in halting the spead of Ovine Johnes Disease, present in 25% of Monaro flocks.
“This upgrade will improve biosecurity throughout the region, reduce the spread of this disease, as well as reduce the spread of weeds." John Barilaro said.
“Thanks to the hard work of Snowy Monaro Regional Council, and Local Land Services in advocating for the community, these funds will go towards stopping the spread of the disease in the Monaro."
All projects were required to show that they could dispose, collect or recycle run-off water ensuring the upgrades made the most of this precious resource.
A full list of successful projects is expected to be released next week.