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Tenterfield set to benefit from new truck wash

The $600,000 funding is a joint initiative between the NSW and Australian Governments to build and upgrade truck wash-out facilities.

"The NSW Government’s Fixing Country Truck Washes program is set to build an efficient freight transport network across regional NSW by focusing on hotspots where truck washing facilities and effluent disposal don’t currently meet the needs of truck operators, especially livestock carriers," Mrs Pavey said.

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

Minister Nash said the new Tenterfield Livestock Selling Centre Truck Wash would provide safety, productivity, and environmental benefits to the local community.

"This will allow livestock carriers a quicker and easier way to washout and re-load their trucks and is important for biosecurity including disease control and weed management.

"Users of the new Tenterfield Wash-out will have their average driving distance significantly reduced by about 100 kilometres to the next available truck wash at Glenn Innes.

"The project 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."

Member for Lismore Thomas George said all applicants had to demonstrate that their upgraded or new facility could lawfully dispose of, or sustainably reuse all collected waste water so the environmental benefits of the projects are also encouraging.

"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."

Further successful projects will be announced in coming weeks.