Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that Walcha and Gunnedah Councils will get a big share of the $10 million joint initiative between the NSW and Australian Governments to build and upgrade truck wash-out facilities.


“In total, $500,000 for improvements to the Saleyards facility in Gunnedah and $598,000 to upgrade the Walcha Council truck wash facility,” said Mr Anderson.


“This work is part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Truck Washes program, which is set to build an efficient freight transport network across regional NSW by focusing on hotspots where truck washing facilities and effluent disposal doesn’t currently meet the needs of truck operators.


“This is an essential industry to the state’s economy and I’m delighted with the local government projects that have been successful, they will greatly contribute to a strong freight transport network.


The initiative was designed to enhance the safety and productivity of ruck wash-out facilities, as well as make providing environmental benefits across regional NSW.


“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,” Mr Anderson said. “The benefit of these projects being successful outweighs their costs by more than three times.”


 “All applicants had to demonstrate that their upgraded or new facility could lawfully dispose of, or sustainably reuse, collected waste water. So this announcement is a great testament to the hard work of those who were involved in its submission.”


“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. 

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