Tenterfield truck wash cash a boon for livestock transport


LBRCA hails first announcement in series as result of hard work

Tenterfield truck wash cash a boon for livestock transport
Lynley Miners has welcomed the Tenterfield announcement

 

Funding for the Tenterfield truck wash in New South Wales is a positive move for livestock transport infrastructure, with the promise of more to come, the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) says.

The new Tenterfield Livestock Selling Centre Truck Wash gains $600,000 and is the first recipient of funding under the ‘NSW Fixing Country Truck Washes’ initiative, a $10 million joint federal-state arrangement to build and upgrade truck wash-out facilities across the state. 

The LBRCA has lobbied the state government for such a program along key meat and livestock freight routes for six years, citing compliance, bio-security and community amenity issues.

"We stressed that we must be on the front foot and ensure consistent measures are in place to deliver against bio-security, community health and animal welfare requirements – not to mention ensuring driver safety and minimising environmental issues," LBRCA president Lynley Miners says.

"We have worked closely with the NSW government to deliver this reform, and I know and appreciate the hard work and investment made in delivering this outcome and creating such an important and fundamental reform."

The LBRCA says it encouraged all NSW councils to consider applying for funding under this initiative and provided more than 15 letters to various councils to support their submissions. 

"It is particularly pleasing to see the outcome of the Association’s vision and hard work come to fruition," Miners adds. 

"As we say in this industry, real change takes time."

Further successful projects are to be announced in coming weeks.

"The NSW Government’s Fixing Country Truck Washes program is set to build an efficient freight transport network across regional NSW by focusing on hotspots where truck washing facilities and effluent disposal don’t currently meet the needs of truck operators, especially livestock carriers," NSW roads, maritime and freight minister Melinda Pavey says.

"This is an essential industry to the state’s economy and I’m delighted with the local government projects that have been successful, which will contribute to a strong freight transport network."

The federal regional development minister, Senator Fiona Nash, says the new facility will provide safety, productivity, and environmental benefits to the local community.

"This will allow livestock carriers a quicker and easier way to washout and re-load their trucks and is important for biosecurity including disease control and weed management," Nash adds.

"Users of the new Tenterfield Wash-out will have their average driving distance significantly reduced by about 100 kilometres to the next available truck wash at Glenn Innes.

"The project 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."

 

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