Drought relief pass for B-Triple provides much needed access through Gunnedah
14 May 2018
The NSW Government and Gunnedah Shire Council have approved a short-term access permit for B-Triples delivering fodder to drought-affected communities on the Oxley Highway from Gunnedah to Tamworth for up to six months.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said any relief for farmers affected by this drought would be welcomed across the communities in the North West.
“The short term permit to transport hay to drought stricken areas around Tamworth by modular B-Triples will just give that bit of relief during this difficult time,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Our work with Gunnedah Shire Council and Tamworth Regional Council means the access to the permits will come into effect today. We know what farmers really need is rain but this assistance will make it easier to continue to feed their stock until that rain comes.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said while B-triple access is currently limited to transporting hay, affected farmers will welcome the arrangements in the trying conditions of the extended drought.
“It is heart-breaking seeing the effects of the drought on the farmers in my community,” Mr Anderson said.
“I was compelled to do everything I could to assist them. This outcome provides a mutually beneficial arrangement which allows the State Government, Gunnedah Shire and Tamworth Regional Councils to assist drought affected farmers.”
Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council Jamie Chaffey said access for these vehicles are under strict traffic management arrangements through Gunnedah to ensure the safety of all road users.
Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council Col Murray said conditions include limiting the B-Triple to one unladen westbound trip and one laden eastbound trip with drought relief hay each week.
The permit is for maximum six-month duration or less, if drought relief is no longer required. For more information about restricted-access vehicles and an interactive map for approved routes visit Road trains.