NSW extends livestock loading scheme

Another 15 local governments sign on to the NSW Government’s livestock loading scheme

September 4, 2013

The New South Wales Government has brokered deals with 15 more councils to extend its livestock loading scheme for trucking operators.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced the news today, saying the State Government worked closely with councils in country areas to identify regional and local roads suitable for the loading scheme.

The latest additions include the Bogan, Bathurst, Cabonne, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Goulburn Mulwaree, Gundagai and Greater Taree councils.

The Lismore, Narrabri, Parkes, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Wentworth and Yass shires have also signed on.

"Under the scheme, livestock carriers fitted with certified road friendly suspension may operate at increased mass limits, comparable to those in other states," Gay says.

"I’m pleased to announce the scheme will be extended to include approved B-double and road train routes in another 15 council areas."

Gay says the extension of the loading scheme will reduce freight costs for farmers and livestock carriers and ensure the viability of NSW meat processors.

He has also urged all NSW councils to work with industry and the NSW Government to identify priority livestock transport routes and to expand the loading scheme where it is safe to do so.

"The NSW Government introduced the livestock loading scheme in December 2012 to increase freight productivity and protect jobs in the NSW meat and livestock industry," Gay says.

"The scheme includes a driver training program to address an industry concern that rollover crashes are over-represented in livestock transport compared to other road freight."

Gay says more than 450 drivers have taken the course since its inception.

He says the industry can access an interactive map to view the approved routes under the scheme.

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