Bird Calls On Ward And Sudmalis To Show Real Support For Truckies

Sharon Bird Today Said She Was Pleased To See Gareth Ward's Press Release Announcing That Work Was Finally Commencing On The Mt Ousley Truck Stop But Was A Little Disappointed She Wasn’t Invited To The Announcement Given That The Previous Labor Government Had Contributed Half Of The Funding.


"I Think That It Is A Little Cheeky That Gareth Didn’t Invite Me Along Given The Former Federal Labor Government’s Contribution.  I Think Ann Sudmalis' Invitation Must Have Been Lost In The Mail Too As None Of His Federal Colleagues Were There.


“While Some People Have Said It Was A Rude Snub, I Am More Charitable And Think That It Has Taken Such A Long Time For The New South Wales Government To Get This Project Started, Gareth Has Obviously Forgotten Our Invitation.


On 1 March 2013, The State And Federal Government Announced The Provision Of $8.1 Million For Better Roadside Facilities At The Existing Truck Stop At Mt Ousley Road, Mt Keira (Northbound).


The Project Will Increase The Capacity From Four To Between 10 And 15 B Double Bays And See The Addition Of Toilets, Shade/Shelter And Rubbish Bins.


“I Wrote To Minister Truss In November 2014 Requesting A Progress Report And A Date Of Completion For The Project.  I Was Told Planning Work Was Still Underway.  Then The Nsw Minister For Transport Advised, In Response To A Question On Notice, That Construction Would Start In The First Half Of 2015 And Would Take Between Nine And Twelve Months.   


“This Is A Critical Piece Of Infrastructure Due To The Heavy Volume Of Cars And Trucks Using Mt Ousley Each Day. 


Sharon Bird Also Called On Ms Sudmalis And Mr Ward To Provide Real Support To Truck Drivers By Supporting The Safe Rates Campaign And The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (Rsrt).


Friday, 8 April 2016