Truck park­ing pro­posal needs Austin’s help

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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).’’

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