Livestock and freight trucks are in for a cleaner ride with updated biosecurity efficiencies at a new truck wash at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets being officially opened on Monday.
Bio-security and safety is at the forefront of its design with underground power, more lighting, improved water pressure and new strainers constructed to purify water entering waterways and allows for more weed and disease control, increased road safety, safer work environment and reduced driver fatigue.
The Dubbo saleyards is an integral link between producers with a contribution of $75.6 million in total output, and supporting 320 full time equivalent positions.
The $1.6 million project was jointly funded by Restart NSW and Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), with council contributing $780,000.
State member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets is the largest sheep and cattle saleyard facility in the country and this state-of-the-art truck wash means increased efficiencies for freight and livestock vehicles by reducing waiting times of up to 60 minutes.
Dubbo Regional Council mayor, Ben Shields said the new facility meant drivers would be able to wash their trucks in a safe and efficient manner with a bay long enough to accommodate the largest of trucks, including b-triples and road trains.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads said the new truck wash was part of the NSW Government's ongoing commitment to improve outcomes and productivity for the livestock and freight industries.
"This is one of hundreds of road, bridge and truck wash upgrades being delivered across the state through the NSW Government's $543 million Fixing Country Roads program," Mr Toole said.
"The new facility will not only improve efficiencies by reducing wait and washing times, it will reduce energy consumption and ensure a high level of bio-security is maintained."