Truck wash program to boost livestock transport in NSW

Media Release

DC391/2017

01 December 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

The Australian Government's share of funding for an innovative scheme to build and upgrade truck wash out facilities across New South Wales has been approved.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today joined Member for Page Kevin Hogan on-site at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange in Casino to confirm the Australian Government's contribution of almost $4.6 million to the jointly funded program.

Mr Chester said building and upgrading 26 existing truck wash out facilities around the state would reduce the frequency of effluent spills and improve road safety.

“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,” Mr 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.”

Mr 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. 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,” Mr Hogan said.

“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 project is being delivered by the Australian and New South Wales governments on a 50/50 split.