Council wants fatigue centre for truckies

Wodonga Council is proposing to build a fatigue centre for truck drivers

By Ruza Zivkusic | December 21, 2010

Wodonga Council is proposing to build a driver fatigue centre and has begun lobbying VicRoads to get it done.

In its Economic Development Strategy 2011-12 draft, the council wants permission from VicRoads to locate the centre at Logic Hub at Barnawartha North.

Located on the national road and rail corridor between Melbourne and Sydney, Logic is a manufacturing, transport and logistics-focused employment precinct which currently has a Woolworths regional distribution centre as an anchor tenant, together with Border Express.

The call follows the 2008 introduction of heavy vehicle driver fatigue laws. The council is also proposing a rail terminal at Logic, which will complete the bimodal vision for the site and other strategic investments, such as the service centre and the driver fatigue centre.

"The Wodonga community recognises the long-term nature of the project and supports continued marketing, project facilitation and hard infrastructure investment in the site," the document states.

"Logic is a long-term project and the business plan envisages divestment of the land over a 20-year period.

"The availability of suitably located, zoned and serviced industrial land at Logic provides a key comparative advantage to the city, particularly in securing large industry."

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