26 truck washes in NSW set to receive a share of $10 million
26 successful applicants in the Fixing Country Truck Washes program.
The 26 projects across country NSW will share in the $10 million joint initiative between the NSW and Australian Governments to build and upgrade truck wash-out facilities.
“The NSW Government’s Fixing Country Truck Washes program will help to build a strong, reliable freight transport network by focusing on hotspots where truck washing facilities and effluent disposal don’t currently meet the needs of truck operators, especially livestock carriers,” Mrs Pavey said.
“This is an essential industry to the state’s economy and I’m delighted with the local government projects that have been successful.”
Minister Nash said the funding for the truck washes would 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.
“This funding is designed 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.”
At Broken Hill, speaking at the Nationals Conference, the Roads Minister said joint initiative focuses on key routes where current washing facilities don’t meet the demand or needs of the livestock transport task.
“Broken Hill is one of the successful projects, receiving $700,000 under the NSW and Australian Government funding,” Mrs Pavey said.
“This will have enormous implications for the local community, saving them more than six hours in travel as the closest available truck wash facility is at Jamestown, 330 kilometres away.
“This is not only saving in productivity time and costs, but is also making our country roads safer.”
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries welcomed the announcement and said it would go a long way to improving productivity for local farmers.
“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,” he said.
“The NSW Government is always looking for ways to make life easier for rural, regional and remote businesses and this is another example of that.”
All successful applicants will be advised on the next steps for obtaining the funds.
Successful projects will be released in consultation/collaboration with local councils.