Heavy vehicle program to impact SA and NT

The Federal Government has announced it will invest millions into improving roadside facilities in the Northern Territory and livestock transport facilities in South Australia. The funds will be provided under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

According to the Federal and Northern Territory governments, it will partner with the NT transport industry to provide $10.3 million to improve road facilities for long distance truck drivers that use the Territory's highways every day including strengthening bridges on the Buntine Highway and widening the pavement along the Carpentaria Highway and upgrade or provide truck parking bays on Tanami Road and the Lasseter and Plenty Highways.

“The Federal Labor Government has contributed $8.3 million to these projects, which have been approved under the $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, and build on the four projects which have already received funding in previous rounds,” said Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese.

Meanwhile in South Australia, Federal and SA governments along with SA livestock transport companies will provide almost $80,000 to improve livestock facilities used by truck drivers including an upgrade to the loading and unloading ramps at SA meat packing plants Normanville Meatworks and the Strathalbyn Abattoir.

These projects come on top of the $8 million announced by the Federal and South Australian governments last week to upgrade the safety of the state’s road network for trucking industry workers.

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