Rest areas for heavy vehicles receive $6.7 million in funding

Truckies in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will be the first to benefit from new and upgraded rest areas.

A part of the federal government’s $140 million Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas Program, $6.7 million has been committed to these four regions in an effort to improve safety on the road and give truckies better access to facilities.

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Federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown says the federal government is committed to making the road safer for all drivers.

“Without our truckies Australia stops,” she says.

“The federal government supports truck drivers and we are committed to keeping them, and other road users, safe through programs like the Heavy Rest Area initiative.

“We want to support our hard-working truck drivers to rest when they need to and keep freight moving safely and that’s why this government supporting new and upgraded heavy vehicle rest areas.

“Projects under this initiative will also create construction jobs and opportunities for local suppliers and businesses, boosting local economies and driving their growth.

“I thank the chair of the HVRA Steering Committee Glenn Sterle, and the HVRA Steering Committee members for sharing their time and experience to assess the strategic need criterion and look forward to their contribution in assessing the same criterion in the next tranche.”

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 federal 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 federal 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 federal 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 federal government and $542,000 from the Victorian government.

Through the Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas Program, state governments and local councils are eligible to apply for up to $5 million per co-funded project.


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