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Stock and Station Agents Ben Clarke and Mitch Donovan, Vendor Bruce Finlay and truck driver Barry McKey joined Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, Cr Richie Williamson and Cr Debrah Novak to officially open the new truck wash at Grafton Saleyards. Image: Contributed

New truck wash open at saleyards

Infrastructure at the Grafton Saleyards is moving forward with a new truck wash officially opened on site on October 1.

The recently completed work will reduce truck wash wait times and ensure heavy vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned before departing.

The two new wash bays, one for B-doubles and another for single body trucks, both have associated waste facilities and replace a single truck wash bay.

Representing Clarence Valley Council at the official opening, Cr Richie Williamson said freight, transport and logistics are important drivers for the local economy.

“Anything that helps these businesses operate more efficiently is welcomed,” he added.

As Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis officially opened the new facility, both agreed it would be a substantial benefit to the industry and improve outcomes for the environment.

“This upgrade is a vital part of improving the saleyards for the future and helping local industry grow,” Mr Gulaptis said, adding truck washes play an important role in ensuring the productivity of the livestock and freight industry.

“I’m delighted we have been able to help fund this project as part of our ongoing commitment to improving outcomes for the freight industry.”

Other works included a new shower and toilet facility, an access road upgrade and associated fencing and lighting.”

The truck wash upgrade was awarded $319,000, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Fixing Country Truck Washes program, and Clarence Valley Council contributed a further $11,500.