$500,000 project for heavy vehicle parking at Nikenbah
A project for designated heavy vehicle parking and decoupling bays at Nikenbah has received funding from round 6 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Federal Member for Hinkler congratulated the Fraser Coast Regional Council which is partnering with the Coalition Government for the project.
"This $494,021 project will see the construction pf heavy vehicle parking and decoupling bays on Aalborg Road at Nikenbah.
"This will increase productivity and improve safety by providing a designated area with improved manoeuvring and parking for B-doubles up to 25m," he said.
The Coalition Government has provided $247,010 in funding towards the project.
"I have been fighting for better roads and this is fantastic news for truckies travelling through our region, with the Hinkler electorate receiving $2.7 million for two projects under this latest round," Mr Pitt said.
The heavy vehicle decoupling facility at Nikenbah is a welcome boost for the transport industry, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.
"Transport operators have been using a number of spaces across Hervey Bay to decouple heavy vehicles so they can break down their loads before heading into the CBD," he said.
"Having a central location close to the CBD will provide drivers with a safe place to work, or overnight if needed as well as cut driving distances thereby improving efficiency and cutting greenhouse emissions."
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program provides funding to local councils and State and Territory Governments to help fund works designed to improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.
"Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live," Mr McCormack said.
"That’s why we are continuing to deliver road funding where it’s needed, based mainly on the local knowledge, especially to councils which make up more than 60 per cent of the 93 projects selected under this latest round of funding."
The Australian Government has committed $368 million to the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program from 2013-14 financial year to the 2021-22 financial year, with an ongoing commitment of $40 million each year following.