Mum and dad trucking operators are relieved today with the abolition overnight of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
On the heels of weekend rallies in Canberra which attracted independent owners from five States, the Government secured the numbers in the Senate to pass the legislation which consigns the Tribunal to history.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the Tribunal was set up by the Gillard Government in 2012 but proved to be nothing more than an attempt to rid the roads of the 36,000 owner drivers and shore up the Transport Workers Union.
The Deputy Prime Minister and the Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has congratulated Warra-li’s Northern Region E-Waste Recycling Facility and Aboriginal Employment Initiative on receiving $1,026,273 in funding from the Federal Government.
Mr Joyce said the funding would help to establish a Regional E-Waste Recycling Facility and Buy Back Centre in Inverell that will partner with eight local governments in the New England and North West, including Inverell, Narrabri, Moree, Gwydir, Tenterfield, Guyra, Glen Innes and Walcha.
Mr Joyce said he’d had several meetings with the Warra-li team in Tamworth, Inverell and Canberra and had been talking with Minister Scullion about this proposal for some time.
“I am pleased that Minister Scullion has taken my advice to support the local region and Warra-li with this significant grant to get the E-Waste Recycling Facility running,” Mr Joyce said.
“This builds on the positive investment this Government has provided Warra-li over the past 12 months.
Three projects in the Hunter electorate will receive funding under the Federal government’s $500 million Black Spot Programme.
$1.35 million will be allocated to areas to improve safety according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams.
The projects are –
$ $700,000 to install wire rope and barrier on a section of Lake Road near Elrington Drive at Elrington;
$ $500,000 to install a wire rope barrier on the median strip at a curve on Wine Country Drive north of Broke Road at Rothbury; and
$ $150,000 to install a seagull island with acceleration lane and protected right turn lane at the intersection of Broke Road and Charlton Road at Broke.
Senator Williams said the projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered during the course of 2016-17.
He reminded residents anyone can nominate a black spot at
Road safety in Richmond will receive a boost with a new round of funding under the Federal government’s $500 million Black Spot Programme.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams today announced four projects at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Clothiers Creek and Tumbulgum will receive funding following a recommendation by a panel of independent road safety experts.
The projects are –
$1,999,000 to install a single lane roundabout and other treatments at the intersection of Ewingsdale Road and Sunrise Boulevard at Byron Bay;
$1,958.000 to install a two lane roundabout and reduce the speed limit at the intersection of Byron Bay Road and Ross Lane at Lennox Head;
$550,000 to improve the alignment and upgrade the sealed shoulder on Clothiers Creek Road 500 metres west of the Pacific Highway at Clothiers Creek; and
$290,000 to install raised islands, left turn deceleration lane and other treatments at the intersection of Tweed Valley Way and Riverside Drive at Tumbulgum