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FREIGHT CHANGES TO SUPPORT FARMERS

Monday, August 13, 2018


Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the NSW Government’s new improved access for heavy vehicles carrying supplies and stock to drought-affected areas.

The new NSW Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice, which will come into effect by 15 August, will allow more hay to be transported per truckload, reducing costs for farmers.


Mr Grant said with 100 per cent of NSW in drought, the NSW Liberals & Nationals are working hard to reduce costs for farmers.

“Freight is a major cost for farmers so I welcome this adjustment from the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.”

“We recognise there has been a greater demand to transport hay in the region because of ongoing drought conditions.”

 

“We also know freight is a huge cost so the more hay we can get on one load the cheaper it is for our farmers.”


“The new notice means farmers who’ve been having trouble moving hay should now find it much easier to get it to the places it is needed most.”


“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have committed more than $1 billion in drought assistance to date. This is another step designed to help assist farmers in the region at this difficult time.”


Drought applications are being prioritised through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) portal, by including the word DROUGHT in the reference section of the application.


The new NSW Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice will:

  • Allow eligible vehicles transporting hay to travel under notice and without a permit, including B-doubles up to 26 metres long
  • On a case-by-case basis, allow access permits for road trains on roads not currently approved for road trains
  • On a case-by-case basis, provide access permits for trucks transporting loads of hay in excess of 4.6 metres high 
  • Refund or waive National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Roads and Maritime permit fees for drought relief applications
  • A dedicated hotline (1800 952 292) and website (www.rms.nsw.gov.au/drought-freight) for any questions or queries transport operators or farmers may have 

 

UPGRADE OF MUDGEE REGIONAL AIRPORT COMPLETE

Monday, August 06, 2018


Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has today announced the completion of the $945,000 upgrade of the Mudgee Regional Airport which has been funded in full by the NSW Government.

“The upgraded facilities at the Mudgee Regional Airport will draw more visitors to this popular tourist destination and provide opportunities for future growth,” Mr Grant said.

“This government is committed to boosting tourism in regional NSW which is why we have provided $79 million to regional airports around the state to upgrade their terminals and airside facilities under the

Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.”

The upgrade of Mudgee Regional Airport included extending the taxiway, a terminal fit-out, upgrading water and sewerage services and providing support for ground handling services.

George Campbell Drive was realigned and the existing airside boundary relocated to maximise the airside land for future development.

Mr Grant said the upgrade would stimulate growth through the potential to add additional flights which would increase the opportunity for Mudgee to attract events, drawing more visitors to the area.

“Mudgee’s wineries, beautiful township and natural attractions already bring large numbers of visitors to the area, and the opportunity to grow those tourist numbers will attract further investment,” Mr Grant said.

“New visitors will stay in local accommodation and spend money with local businesses and that’s going to generate further business growth and create more local jobs.”

Mr Grant congratulated the Mid-Western Regional Council on upgrading the airport, saying as well as attracting more tourists to Mudgee it would strengthen air links for those who live and work in the region.

Mid-Western Region Mayor Des Kennedy said the upgrades ensure Mudgee Airport is a state-of-the-art regional facility capable of retaining a commercial airline and attracting further transport investment.

“A successful operating airport is critical for the transport, economic, social, tourism and health benefits it brings to the region,” Cr Kennedy said

“These upgrades only add further value to the facility that increases opportunities for economic growth.”


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