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Works start of the Darwin regional road train assembly area



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The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development Leader of The Nationals Federal Member for Riverina

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator for the Northern Territory

The Hon Eva Lawler

NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics NT Minister for Environment and Natural Resources

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The Hon Michael McCormack MP Parliament House Canberra| (02) 6277 7520 Suite 2, 11-15 Fitzmaurice Street Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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The Hon Eva Lawler Parliament House NT | (08) 8936 5566 GPO Box 3146, Darwin, NT 0801 minister.lawler@nt.gov.au

29 August 2018

WORKS START ON THE DARWIN REGIONAL ROAD TRAIN ASSEMBLY AREA

29 August 2018 Construction is now underway on a new road train assembly area known as ‘Truck Central’ in Berrimah, near Darwin, which is set to improve safety and productivity for heavy vehicles.

Truck Central is the first stage of a 90 hectare industrial precinct, bounded by the major heavy transport routes of Tiger Brennan Drive, Berrimah Road and Wishart Road in Darwin, Northern Territory. The project is a partnership between the Land Development Corporation and Ostojic Group.

A $5.5 million contract has recently been awarded to Territory company Norbuilt Pty Ltd for the heavy vehicle inspection facility.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said a contract had also been awarded for a heavy vehicle inspection facility to be built next to the assembly area - unique in Australia to enable the simultaneous inspection of three fully configured triple road trains.

“We are investing in this project to save lives and improve productivity for our freight industry, giving heavy vehicle operators a safer off-road option to park and reassemble load configurations, and improving access for safety inspections and registration checks,” Mr McCormack said.

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said the project will create jobs for Territorians during and after construction, and ensure heavy vehicle operators across Northern Australia can reach their destinations safely.

She said the facility will also free up the Goyder Road inspection facility and ease traffic conflicts between motor vehicles and trucks.

“The Territory Government’s priority is to create jobs for Territorians and this jointly funded $19.3 million facility will help do that. This new road train assembly area will be a one stop transport industry hub - to be known as Truck Central,” Ms Lawler said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the transport industry underpinned economic growth in the Northern Territory, making improved safety for heavy vehicle operators a priority.

“These kinds of projects play an important part in safely getting products and produce to market as well as delivering essential items to regional and remote communities across the region,” Senator Scullion said.

Truck Central is located strategically for easy road train access in and out of Darwin without bypassing suburban and CBD locations. It is a short distance from Darwin port, the Marine Supply Base, Hudson Creek barge landings and other high freight users.

The Australian Government is contributing $9.65 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program toward the $19.3 million Darwin Regional Road Train Assembly Area and Heavy Vehicle Checking and Registry Station project, with the Northern Territory Government matching this contribution.

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Media Contact: Mr McCormack - Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209 Senator Scullion - Brett Chant 0477 744 614 Ms Lawler - Kim Stephens 0417 683 144