More truck rest ar­eas for Queens­land

Mount Gor­don added to the state’s Heavy Ve­hi­cle Rest Area pro­gram

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TRUCK DRIV­ERS will have an­other spot to rest along Queens­land’s coastal Bruce High­way af­ter the Mount Gor­don heavy ve­hi­cle rest area out­side Bowen be­came avail­able fol­low­ing a $1.3 mil­lion up­grade.

With a univer­sal ac­cess toi­let, wa­ter, a ta­ble and bar­be­cue avail­able, the up­grades to the rest stop are now in their fi­nal stages of com­ple­tion and avail­able to use. The open­ing comes shortly af­ter the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) spoke strongly on rest area ameni­ties.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire says ac­cess to toi­lets, light­ing and wa­ter are a “ba­sic hu­man right” and should not be listed as be­ing op­tional at any rest fa­cil­ity.

“It’s not nice to have; it is a fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ment and obli­ga­tion for road providers and gov­ern­ment,” Maguire says.

“There should be a strong set of guide­lines, an in­de­pen­dent au­dit on the cur­rent state of rest ar­eas, and then a funded na­tional plan from gov­ern­ments to ad­dress the gaps.”

Queens­land roads min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley says the gov­ern­ment is planning to up­grade other un­sealed heavy ve­hi­cle pullover ar­eas at sites north of Clairview, north of Gumlu, south of Blooms­bury and be­tween Proser­pine and Bowen be­fore mid-2020 un­der its Heavy Ve­hi­cle Rest Area pro­gram. A new heavy ve­hi­cle rest area will also be built south of Koumala as part of the plan, he says.

“The Heavy Ve­hi­cle Rest Area pro­gram has de­liv­ered more than 60 new or up­graded heavy ve­hi­cle rest ar­eas, more than 20 new stop­ping places, as well as 17 up­grades, in­clud­ing live­stock spe­cific projects,” he says. “To max­imise user ben­e­fits, we are con­tin­u­ing to work closely with in­dus­try bod­ies and com­mu­nity groups to en­sure rest ar­eas sup­port their needs.”

Up­grades to rest stops have been de­liv­ered along the Capri­corn, Le­ich­hardt and Peak Downs High­ways since 2015, with a new heavy ve­hi­cle rest area also opened at Kooltan­dra, near Marl­bor­ough, in 2017.

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