Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Esperance Truck Wash Upgrade
Victor P Taffa
- $520,000 Govt funding towards refurbishment of Myrup Road truck wash
- $130,000 allocated to a review of State’s livestock truck wash network
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman today announced the Liberal-National Government has committed $520,000 to refurbish the Esperance truck wash.
“The facility, which is used by livestock transporters, was closed in December 2011 to prevent waste leakage from the inadequate pond system from further damaging sensitive, high-value bush and wetlands.” Mr. Redman said.
The truck wash was recently reopened following remediation work required by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).
DEC also instructed the Shire of Esperance to commence refurbishment works, which will permanently prevent the discharge of liquid waste or manure from any part of the truck wash facility by January 31, 2013.
“While there is no legal obligation to wash trucks used for intrastate livestock transport, stock transport operators recognise the benefits of washing to biosecurity, animal welfare and equipment maintenance.” the Minister said.
Mr. Redman said an additional $130,000 had been allocated to a Department of Agriculture and Food review of the State’s livestock truck wash network.
“This follows a call from the WA Beef Council and other stakeholders for an integrated and planned approach to truck wash facilities.” Mr. Redman said.
“There are 11 recognised public-access truck washes in the State. The Muchea Livestock Centre and the Kununurra and Kalgoorlie-Boulder quarantine checkpoints are owned and operated by the State Government, while the others are operated by local councils.”
“A review of the facilities is timely because some of the council facilities don’t meet contemporary standards and their future availability is uncertain.”
- Esperance truck wash facility is on Myrup Road, Esperance
- The practice of washing down livestock trucks is recognised as an important biosecurity and animal welfare measure