IMPROVING BIOSECURITY AT DUBBO REGIONAL LIVESTOCK MARKET
Contractors from David Payne Construction have started on the construction of a new truck wash, and upgrades to the existing facility at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets (DRLM).
Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets is one of the largest sale yards in the country, with more than 1.3 million sheep, 200,000 cattle, and 9,000 goats being sold annually. With so many animals coming from all corners of NSW and sometimes QLD, South Australia and Victoria, it’s important that biosecurity standards are at their best. Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields, says the new truck wash will bolster the sale yards’ existing biosecurity procedures and protocols.
“Decontaminating trucks that transport livestock is an integral part of the agricultural industry’s biosecurity measures, as it is paramount in preventing disease transmission. Regular washouts also prolong the life of livestock trucks,” Clr Shields said.
An Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics and Sciences (ABARES) found that a large-scale, widespread Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak would cripple the industry by $50 billion over 10 years. The transmission and impact of a disease like FMD can be reduced significantly with decontamination procedures such as truck washing.
Under round three of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program, Dubbo Regional Council was successful for funding of $819,467 from Restart NSW to construct an additional wash bay on the existing truck wash facility at the sale yards with total project cost projected at $1.5M.
“The NSW Government is proud to partner with Dubbo Regional Council on this project, which is hoped will increase the site’s efficiency. By decreasing waiting times at the facility it will allow for more efficient movement of vehicles through the truck wash and allow them to get back to work,” said Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders.
“This project will also enhance Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets reputation as an industry leader, and the work is being done by a local company so it is a win on a number of levels,” he said.
In addition to the extra wash bay, the following features will be included in the upgrade process:
- New pumps allowing a better and more constant supply of water pressure, allowing fast wash out
- More slope to allow trucks to drain quicker allowing more complete and faster washout of trucks
- Longer facility so operators are not working in the drainage area of truck wash
- More efficient and effective lighting
- Screens between wash bays
- New screen to reduce waste for better environmental outcomes
- Cameras will be an added deterrent to unsafe behaviour and increase personal safety
Construction is expected to be completed by end of April 2020.
DRC CEO Michael McMahon, Councillor Ben Shields, Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders, DRLM Manager Ross McCarthy.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields and Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders
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Last Edited: 12 Feb 2020