Truck parking proposal needs Austin’s help
Berrigan Shire Councillor Ross Bodey is calling on new Member for Murray Austin Evans to lobby for a Tocumwal truck parking and transfer station.
Cr Bodey wrote to Mr Evans following his election to the role left vacant by Adrian Piccoli, and has invited him to Tocumwal to discuss the project.
He said truck drivers currently use a 5.6 hectare paddock of council owned land as an informal parking area, and suggested it would be better used if developed as a formal stopping area.
Cr Bodey said a proposal for a truck resting station at Tocumwal is already registered with the Roads and Maritime Service, but was low on its priority list despite the significant improvement to safety it would deliver.
‘‘There are many times road trains come over the bridge and park their trailers on the unused land along the highway,’’ Cr Bodey said.
‘‘Council has indicated the land would be available to Roads and Maritime Services if they want to construct a truck parking station; it’s a no brainer.
‘‘It would be a great opportunity to bring Austin Evans to Tocumwal and see what he can do for us.’’
Cr Bodey suggested Mr Evans’ support might be one way he can start repairing the dissatisfaction with The Nationals across the Southern Riverina region, as indicated by the by-election polls.
‘‘He has 18 months until the next state election, so we need to strike while the iron is hot,’’ Cr Bodey said.
‘‘The Nationals performed really badly at the by-election so Mr Evans is going to have to work very hard to win (the next election).’’