Truck stop funding boost

Truck drivers across the country will soon be able to stop at new and upgraded rest areas to improve road safety and productivity following the allocation of close to $6.7 million in Australian Government funding.

This funding is the first tranche of the Australian Government’s $140 million Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas Program, which aims to increase heavy vehicle user safety and productivity through new and upgraded rest areas across their journey.

In Queensland, the rest area facility at the eastern approach to Roma on the Warrego Highway will be upgraded with $1.12 million from the Australian Government and $280,000 from the Maranoa Regional Council.

In Tasmania, the truck stop upgrade on Glenstone Road/Strong Street at Bridgewater will be funded with $360,000 from the Australian Government and $90,000 from Brighton Council.

In South Australia, the $3.8 million Salt Creek Rest Area project will deliver five parking bays, a unisex toilet block, a metal shade structure and picnic tables.

The Australian Government is providing $3.04 million for this project while the South Australian Government will provide $760,000.

In Victoria, 35 Truck Informal Rest Areas (TIRAs) will be sealed and green reflectors installed on four highways within Gippsland, with $2.168 million from the Australian Government and$542,000 from the Victorian Government.

Under the initiative, state governments and local councils are eligible to apply for Australian Government funding of up to $5 million per project.

Projects must be co-funded, with the Australian Government providing up to 80 per cent of costs for projects in regional areas, and up to 50 per cent of costs for projects in urban areas.

A Steering Committee has been established to ensure the road transport industry and drivershave a voice in the project designs under the initiative.

FInd out more information about the program here.

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