Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, left, Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall officially opening the new $1.3 million Warialda Truck Wash earlier this week.
Thursday, 28 January 2021
CLEAN roads, shiny trucks and reduced biosecurity risks are all benefits being welcomed by Northern Tablelands MP and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall following this week’s official opening of the new $1.3 million Warialda Truck Wash.
Mr Marshall joined Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton to officially switch on the new facility.
“Whether you’re a contractor, casual hauler or livestock owner, this new system will make it much easier to decontaminate trailers between loads, improving cleanliness and efficiency,” Mr Marshall said.
“The newly-finished service consists of two wash down bays and several effluent dump points.
“The facility is also equipped with onsite amenities, including toilets and showers that are available to users of the facility, with access enabled through the Avdata key system.
“Duplicate wash spaces will improve the waste water collection system, making it easier for a broader range of trucks to be able to use the site.
“This will improve the welfare of animals, make sure roads are safer, and take care of environmental pollution.
“The truck wash’s co-location with the site of the future Warialda bypass means eventually drivers won’t have to travel dirty through the township at all.
“This truck wash is a practical step towards reducing bio-security risks while ensuring the clean and efficient supply of trucks to move cattle to and from markets at Inverell Moree and into Queensland.”
The State and Federal Governments contributed $182,450 each to the project with Gwydir Shire Council providing the additional $935,100.
Mayor John Coulton said the project was a wonderful example of the three tiers of Government working together and went on to say how pleased he is with the finished product.
“We are very proud of our state of the art truck wash, a very modern facility,” Cr Coulton said.
“There has been a healthy interest shown by the industry and this facility will help to remove the effluent from our roads that falls from stock trucks.”