Roma’s new truck stop close

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A NEW rest stop for live­stock trans­porters is closer to re­al­ity with work on the Roma Sa­le­yards Precinct De­vel­op­ment well un­der way.

Work on the project has com­menced, with the coun­cil be­gin­ning work on the hard stand area ear­lier this month.

Fur­ther ac­tiv­ity in the precinct is ex­pected in the coming months as United Petroleum com­mences work on their multi-mil­lion dol­lar petrol sta­tion and truck stop, to be built at the corner of the War­rego Hwy and the Roma Sa­le­yards en­try road.

The de­vel­op­ment, funded by United Petroleum, will in­clude a road­house, restau­rant, sep­a­rate truck­ers’ lounge and ameni­ties.

Fu­elling fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a four-is­land ul­tra high flow diesel truck canopy with AdBlue, and a four-is­land petrol and LPG canopy with off-street park­ing for cars and trucks will also be in­cluded.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Flynn, port­fo­lio chair for the Roma Sa­le­yards, said the de­vel­op­ment was one that had been needed for a long time.

“There had been a num­ber of pre­vi­ous at­tempts to set up a truck stop in Roma for the past 20 years,” he said.

“Peo­ple have even pur­chased blocks of land with that plan in mind, but un­for­tu­nately noth­ing has ever come to fruition.

“So we thought if we don’t set it up, no one else will.”

The idea had then been ear­marked by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil, that was able to se­cure State Gov­ern­ment land for the project, al­low­ing the con­struc­tion to be­gin this year.

“This facility is not only for truck driv­ers stop­ping into the Roma Sa­le­yards, it will also be con­ve­nient for other heavy ve­hi­cle driv­ers and vis­i­tors pass­ing through on their long-haul jour­neys to re­fuel and rest,” Cr Flynn said.

The coun­cil has re­ceived only pos­i­tive feed­back from road car­ri­ers, but ques­tions from the com­mu­nity about why it is get­ting in­volved in the stop.

“Like I said, if we didn’t do it, no one would,” Cr Flynn said.

The sa­le­yard build in­cludes a 2.3ha hard stand for road trains and 0.5ha hard stand for B-dou­bles and an up­grade of the sa­le­yards en­trance to cater for Type 2 road trains.

The hard stand con­struc­tion work is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by Novem­ber 2017 and the truck stop is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by Fe­bru­ary 2018.

PHO­TOS: SARAH DIONYSIUS / FILE

BE­GIN­NING: Pre­lim­i­nary works have started on the new truck stop at the Roma Sa­le­yards.

The sa­le­yard up­grades are ex­pected to ben­e­fit both driv­ers and live­stock own­ers.

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