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Drive for more truckies amenities on highways

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Lack of toilets and showers at truck stops is an absolute disgrace’

After our success in getting the highly treacherous 135km section of North West Coastal Highway north of Minilya widened we are about to turn our spotlight on to the need for more amenities for North West truckies.

It is a well-known fact that facilities such as showers and toilets at WA truck stops in the North are as scarce as dinosaur poop.

In fact the situation is by far the worst in Australia. The Northern Territory and South Australia and the other states all put us to shame.

Our North West organiser Mick Connolly says he constantly receives complaints from drivers who are fed up with the  Third World facilities.

Carrying your own dunny roll into the bush to do your business is hardly the hallmark of a civilised society.

So we are planning a bit of action on the issue.

In the meantime Mick Connolly has given me the following report on facilities on our two main north bound
highways.

NORTH WEST COASTAL HIGHWAY

  • Pretty well nothing heading North until you get to the huge road train hook-up area at Carnarvon.

But being big is its only claim to fame. There are no showers, no toilets and no shelter. NOTHING but bitumen.

  • Then NOTHING until you get to Lyndon River. 40 km’s north of Minilya where there are some roadside facilities for recreational motorists.

Again, no showers or toilets and heavy haulage drivers have to park up the road and walk back – forget it!

  • After that there is NOTHING. Some truck parking bays but at this time of the year sun-seeking grey nomads often utilise them and make things difficult for truckies.

GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY

  • Of course there is the big road train hook up area at Wubin which has a toilet and shower and MRD is currently expanding it.

And Linfox have helped the congestion that exists with their own hook-up area – ably managed by our BCOM member Peter Elliott.

  • After Wubin drivers have to wait to they get to the big parking bay 180 kms south of Port Hedland. There you find a toilet sitting there like a dunny in the desert and NOTHING ELSE.
  • Then NOTHING until you get to the large truck parking area 40k’s south of Port Hedland, near the junction of the two main highways.

But again NO SHOWERS, TOILETS OR SHELTER.
After that BUGGER ALL!!!

It is an absolute DISGRACE and the WA government should be ashamed of the situation.

Thousands upon thousands of kilometres and NEXT TO NOTHING FOR TRUCKIES.

We have just come through the biggest economic boom in Australia and little has been done in that time to make things a bit more comfortable for the TRUCKIES WHO CARRY AUSTRALIA.


Something has to be done!

FOOTNOTE: Commercial venturer Craig Mitchell has opened modern truck stops in Carnarvon, Karratha and Newman with work commencing on another in Port Hedland.
These have helped but a lot more needs to be done by the WA government.