LOCAL COUNCILS URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING AS PART OF THE $10 MILLION FIXING COUNTRYTRUCK WASH INITIATIVE
Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson is urging local councils to apply for funding as part of the Fixing Country Truck Washes program which targets key livestock routes and effluent 'hotspots' where wash out facilities are inadequate.
Mr Anderson said the program which is jointly funded by the Federal and State Coalition Governments is now open to councils across the state and local councils are encouraged to apply.
“Right now there are gaps in the livestock truck wash-out network, including across our region, which prevent stock crates from being cleaned out between loads, forcing trucks to travel to alternate wash out locations.
“Upgrading and establishing new wash-out facilities will improve productivity and reduce effluent spills which cause road safety issues and the spread of weed and disease, which supports employment and the local economy.
“Industry has been busy identifying effluent hotspots and I look forward to working with councils to see new and upgraded wash out facilities established across the region.”
Councils have nearly two months to apply for funding under this initiative, which will be vital to providing the infrastructure required to increase productivity in the meat and livestock industry.
As part of the Fixing Country Truck Washes initiative, councils will be encouraged to work with the meat and livestock industry so that the available funding can be leveraged and spread across regional New South Wales.
To apply for Fixing Country Truck Washes initiative, please download an application form by heading to: www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au.