New truck wash at Moree Saleyards officially open

Thumbs up for the new Moree Saleyards Truck Wash, Moree Plains Shire Council project manager Graham Macpherson, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, councillor Kerry Cassells, councillor Stephen Ritchie and general manager Lester Rogers. Photo: supplied
Thumbs up for the new Moree Saleyards Truck Wash, Moree Plains Shire Council project manager Graham Macpherson, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, councillor Kerry Cassells, councillor Stephen Ritchie and general manager Lester Rogers. Photo: supplied

More than three years since the funding was announced, the brand new truck wash at Moree Saleyards was officially opened recently.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently joined representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council to officially open the $640,000 truck wash.

Mr Marshall said lines of dried effluent on the streets of Moree from unwashed stock trucks will now be a distant memory.

"There's nothing pleasant about coming up behind an unwashed cattle truck on the open road in the middle of summer or experiencing the odd 'splash' of effluent down a country town main street," he said.

"Whether you're a contractor, casual hauler or livestock owner, this new system will make it much easier to decontaminate trailers between loads, improving cleanliness and efficiency.

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"Designed to meet current environmental standards and in consultation with local trucking companies and livestock agents, the project has seen the replacement of the water supply tank, relocating and upgrading sewage pumps and stations, construction of two separate dry beds for solids to be treated.

"Duplicate wash spaces will improve the waste water collection system, making it easier for a broader range of trucks to be able to use the site to improve the welfare of animals, make sure roads are safer, and take care of environmental pollution.

"The addition of lighting at the site will allow the facility to be used at night while pressure pumps have been upgraded and the site has been partially re-fenced.

"This truck wash is a practical step towards reducing bio-security risks while ensuring the clean and efficient supply of trucks to move cattle to and from local markets."

MPSC general manager Lester Rodgers, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Cr Kerry Cassells. Photo: supplied

MPSC general manager Lester Rodgers, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Cr Kerry Cassells. Photo: supplied

The state government provided $560,000 for the project with council and the Moree Saleyards co-funding the remaining $80,000.

Moree mayor Katrina Humphries said with Moree's unique geographic position, an upgrade was necessary to accommodate the demand and limit the spread of noxious weeds and diseases.

"We know that the freight industry contributes more than $60 billion to the NSW economy each year, so we're powering ahead with projects like this that support a vital part of the freight sector," she said.

"Truck washes play a key role in protecting NSW biosecurity as they limit the spread of weeds and disease across the state.

"With Moree positioned at the junction of three major state highways, our truck wash is frequently used and important to get right.

"As Moree looks to make the most of the economic benefits of the Inland Rail construction and Special Activation Precinct, we must ensure the highest bio-security standards are maintained."

The truck wash has already serviced more than 900 trucks since it was opened four months ago.