NSW opens testing clinics for freight workers

Three additional freight-friendly pop-up Covid-19 testing sites are opening across New South Wales.

This follows the state government’s commitment to keep freight workers CovidSafe.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the new free testing sites at Taree, Narrabarba and Forbes will provide an easy way for freight workers to be tested for Covid-19.

“The freight industry plays a crucial role in making sure essential goods get where they need to go and these extra testing sites build on existing measures to keep freight workers healthy and safe,” said Toole.

“After discussions with the industry, we have established pop-up sites at Taree Service Centre, on the Pacific Highway and will shortly be opening new sites around Narrabarba on the Princes Highway south of Eden and near Forbes on the Newell Highway.

“From up north at Taree, out west to Forbes and right down south to Narrabarba, these new locations mean a majority of the key freight routes across NSW now have a pop-up testing site in place for freight workers.

“Hundreds of freight workers have already been using the easily accessible sites at Narrandera and Tarcutta, so they can take a voluntary Covid-19 test on a rolling seven day basis.

“The freight industry continues to deliver for the community to ensure food and household supplies as well as important medical supplies get to where they are needed most and we will continue to give them the support they need to keep doing that.”

The Taree testing location opened today (21 September) and will operate between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

The pop-up testing sites at Forbes Caltex, on the Newell Highway, and Narrabarba rest area, on the Princes Highway, will be opening later this month.

Narrandera and Tarcutta continue to operate seven days a week 24 hours per day.