Gillenbah rest area needs upgrade, ATA NSW says


ATA NSW will lobby the federal and NSW governments to upgrade the rest stop at Gillenbah on the Melbourne to Brisbane transport route.

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA NSW) will lobby the federal and NSW governments to upgrade the rest stop at Gillenbah, on the Melbourne to Brisbane transport route.

ATA NSW Chairman Frank Johnston says the existing rest area at the intersection of the Newell and Sturt highways must be upgraded to help drivers comply with fatigue management regulations.

The representative group wants the rest area to have all weather parking bays, facility improvements and dark and quiet sleeping areas for drivers.

"Truck drivers are being asked to take more rest breaks than ever before, but without an increase in the number of quality heavy vehicle rest areas, meeting the new demands placed on the industry is very difficult," Johnston says.

"The trucking industry believes it’s the right idea, it’s in the right place, it has the right facilities and it’s fully deserving of the governments' support."

While the group will seek funding from the NSW Government, Johnston says the ATA NSW will also ask the Rudd Government to use part of its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program to bankroll the project.

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