Freight Access To Naracoorte Saleyards Improved

Freight Access To Naracoorte Saleyards Improved

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Better Freight Access To Naracoorte Saleyards

Victor P Taffa

Freight access is being upgraded to the Naracoorte Saleyards another initiative identified in the 90-day project for agricultural transport, which has already reaped an estimated $56 Million in benefits to primary producers.

“Projects such as this upgrade near Naracoorte are about making road transport simpler, safer and less costly so that we can reduce the supply chain costs for primary producers.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

$950,000 package of works has begun at the intersection of the Wimmera Highway, Carters and Bells roads to allow safe turning movements for B-Double trucks.

Works will increase productivity and efficiency in transporting stock to and from the saleyards.

“Regional areas rely heavily on road transport for delivering goods to market and by making changes which increase productivity and efficiency we can help to make primary producers more competitive.” Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said.

Among the projects already underway or complete are:

  • Enabling road train access to the grain facility at Roseworthy,
  • Enabling road train and B double access to the Jamestown saleyards,
  • Introduction of permits to allow movement of oversize or overmass agricultural machinery at night,
  • Introduction of quad road trains between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory border,
  • Introduction of tri-axle dollies for use in road train combinations,
  • Introduction of a primary production work diary exemption,
  • Bypass and intersection upgrade in Eudunda to improve B-double access to grain silos and bunkers,
  • Upgrade of the Yorke and Copper Coast highways to allow 36.5 metre road train access from Port Wakefield to Ardrossan.

Works in Naracoorte will take place between 7 am and 5.30 pm, 7 days a week and speed restrictions will be in place.

Weather permitting, the works are expected to be complete by June.

Works coincide with a second survey seeking to identify further transport issues constraining productivity for agricultural transport, or ideas about how productivity gains could be realised safely through infrastructure upgrades or changes to regulation or policy.

The survey closed on May 15.

 

Background

Wimmera Highway intersection upgrade will enable higher productivity vehicles up to 26 metre B-double and Performance Based Standards Level 2A vehicles to turn safely at the intersection with Carters and Bells roads.

90-day project identifies key road transport issues constraining productivity and route access for primary production.

Stage 1 identified a package of reforms in the A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: A New Partnership Approach report.

New survey will also seek to better understand existing and potential commodity consolidation points such as distribution depots, and processing and packing sheds and plants to maximise access for higher productivity vehicles.

This project is collaboration between Primary Industries and Regions SA, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Primary Producers SA.