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Government funds NSW truck washes

  • Posted on Monday 4th, December 2017.

The Australian Government has committed to a contribution of almost $4.6 million to build and upgrading 26 existing truck wash facilities in New South Wales.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, and Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, confirmed the jointly funded program onsite at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange in Casino.

“We are going to deliver these upgrades to truck wash facilities in partnership with the NSW Government, one of them being Casino’s Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange,” Chester said.

“The Richmond Valley Council has been a big supporter of the project, and it’s good to know our joint investment is going to support the local region’s economy, as well as wider New South Wales livestock industry.

“A total of 26 truck wash projects throughout the state will be funded under the program, and I’m looking forward to finalising arrangements with the NSW Government in the near future.”

Hogan said the Coalition election commitment to upgrade truck washes throughout the state would help target key livestock routes or effluent 'hotspots' where existing wash out facilities needed improvements to meet the demands of industry.

“Upgrading the Casino facilities is expected to come in at approximately $360,000, with works looking to start early next year and take around three months to complete,” Hogan said.

"We will also see an upgrade carried out at the Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre, and having better facilities at the truck washes is going to deliver important flow on benefits to the region.

“Here in Casino, we are looking at a facility upgrade and the installation of another B-double wash-out bay, which means average truck wash and wait times will be halved. Once the upgrade is done, B-double trucks will no longer need to reposition their trailer mid-wash – reducing the time drivers will need to allocate for their end-to-end trip planning.

“The livestock industry is vital to this region and our local economy, and providing better truck wash out facilities for transport operators will save them time, improve the quality of livestock transport operations, and help keep our roads safe.”

The Australian and New South Wales governments are funding the project on a 50/50 split.

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