Truck­ies scep­ti­cal of the area

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CON­STRUC­TION of the $13.3 mil­lion Road Train As­sem­bly Area is near­ing com­ple­tion at the new Truck Cen­tral Es­tate in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, with the last of more than 1000 truck­loads of con­crete be­ing poured.

The As­sem­bly Area is a key com­po­nent of the $52 mil­lion Truck Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment, which “will be an ex­tremely valu­able as­set im­prov­ing both safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity for the road trans­port in­dus­try”, NT Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Louise Bi­lato said.

Truck­ies were a bit scep­ti­cal that it would ben­e­fit them.

Terry Elkin said, “That’s all great ’til the lo­cals start park­ing there then poor old in­ter­state op­er­a­tors can’t get in. Hap­pens at all these new truck stops.”

Bruce Skelton reck­oned the grey no­mads and back­pack­ers would love it.

Chris Hosken sug­gested a tick­et­ing sys­tem like in carparks – free park­ing pro­vid­ing you’re ac­tu­ally us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties in one form or an­other would be suit­able.

“Re­gard­less of where I camp for the night and use show­ers and toi­lets, I al­ways try and buy some­thing from the shop,” he said.

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