Barnawartha centre to help combat fatigue

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


A new service centre at Barnawartha aims to combat driver fatigue on the Murray Valley Highway and Hume Freeway.

Barnawartha centre to help combat fatigue
Tammy Millican and Glenn Sullivan from the Spargo Group outside Barnawartha North’s new fatigue management centre.

 

A fatigue management centre opened at Barnawartha North last week and the 24-hour BP service centre is looking for feedback from truck drivers.

Located at the Logic Centre in North Barnawartha, the truck stop is 15km south of Wodonga on the Murray Valley Highway - just off the Hume Freeway. It is near Woolworths’ distribution centre.

The facility has parking for 45 trucks and an 18-bay trailer exchange. Truck drivers can fuel up at the BP fuel station, shop at the convenience store, shower, use laundry facilities, watch television in the truckies’ lounge, grab some fast-food or enjoy a home-style meal.

ATN visited the truck stop last week and spoke to Glenn Sullivan and Tammy Millican from the Spargo Group. They are fine-tuning services to ensure truckies’ needs are met.

A problem with the truckies’ showers was being fixed, Wi-Fi was about to be installed and preparations were being made for the construction of a weighbridge.

Sullivan says some roadhouses hide truck driver facilities out the back, but at Barnawartha they are "front and centre".

A servery in the truckies’ lounge ensures truck drivers don’t have to queue with the general public for their Café One meals.

Many truckies will appreciate the home-style meals on the Café One menu. Options are as varied as sandwiches, fruit salad, steak and roasts.

Fast food is also an option. Hungry Jack’s opened last week and a Subway is expected to open in September.

Millican says early feedback has been positive and drivers are leaving happy, rested and full.

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