The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler (NSW)
Qld Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Federal and Queensland governments will together provide $8 million to build even more and better roadside facilities for the long distance truck drivers that use the State's highways every day.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the new money will be used to construct new rest areas at Cunningham's Gap and on the Barkly Highway north of Mount Isa, as well as upgrade existing rest areas at Cemetery Road east of Chinchilla and the Barkly Highway south of Mount Isa.
“These projects have been approved under the $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program Round Three, and build on the 10 projects which have already received funding in Queensland in previous rounds,” he said.
“Established by the Federal Government shortly after coming to office in late 2007, this Program is the first ever dedicated Federal response to the lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation's highways.
“For the first time, funding has also been set aside to improve safety at livestock saleyards and to upgrade other facilities used by the livestock transport industry.”
Around $2.3 million will be used for a new rest area at Tambo, the sealing of hard surfaces in the truck park area at the Blackall Saleyards, new loading facilities at the Warwick Saleyards and barrier fencing and lighting in Longreach.
“These much needed improvements will upgrade out-dated facilities and help protect rural truck drivers and their families,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Emerson said the projects were selected following significant consultation with industry representatives and road freight operators to ensure that the projects provided the strongest possible benefits.
“The Newman Government continues to work with the Federal Government to deliver for the local trucking industry in a bid to make it even safer and more productive,” he said.
"More than 60 billion tonne kilometres of freight is moved by heavy vehicles throughout Queensland every year, with more than 91,000 vehicles registered in Queensland alone.
“Late last year we moved forward in our mission to cut red tape by opening up an additional 470km of Queensland's major freight routes through reforms to the Performance Based Standards network, and by becoming the home of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
“This welcome announcement to construct new rest areas along a number of our major freight routes reinforces the commitment of the Newman Government to building a better freight network.
“Fewer fatigued truck drivers behind the wheel will help make our roads safer for everyone.”
Attached is a full list of approved projects.
For more information, please visit www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2013/March
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