Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, that new loading ramps, loading pens and lights will be installed in livestock saleyards right across Australia, including here in central Victoria. These upgrades will help protect truck drivers who are involved in transporting livestock.
"It's great news that the Federal Labor Government is partnering with the states and territories, local governments and the trucking industry to fund three projects to the tune of $325 000 in Bendigo and central Victoria as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program," Ms Chesters said.
"The aim of this program is to upgrade the safety of Australia’s road network for trucking industry workers. For the first time, funding has been set aside to improve safety at livestock saleyards and to upgrade other facilities used by the livestock transport industry."
"Trucks carrying loads of livestock are a common sight on our central Victorian roads with millions of animals transported all over the country every year."
"Around $15 million will be used to build or improve the safety and condition of 119 ramps, 42 loading pens, the lighting in 16 saleyards as well as to install or upgrade truck wash points, internal roadways and to install saleyard security gates."
"The remaining $67 million will be used to upgrade rest areas, improve signage along the nation’s highways and to trial smart technologies, making it safer for truck drivers to take a break or reconfigure their trailers."
"Any program that aims to improve the safety of workers and the roads they use can only be a good thing. These much needed improvements will help protect rural truck drivers and their families." Ms Chesters said
The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is the first ever significant Federal response to the lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways.