THE Federal Government plans to partner with South Australian livestock transport companies to provide almost $80,000 to improve livestock facilities used by truck drivers.
This new money which is being provided under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program will upgrade loading and unloading ramps at the Normanville Meatworks and the Strathalbyn Abattoir.
These projects come on top of the $8 million announced by the Federal and South Australian governments last week to upgrade the safety of the state's road network for trucking industry workers.
This is the first time funding has been set aside to improve safety at livestock saleyards and to upgrade other facilities used by the livestock transport industry.
Trucks carrying loads of livestock are a common sight on our roads with millions of animals transported all over Australia every year.
Many of these truck drivers are based in regional and rural communities and work in out-dated facilities that can put them at risk of serious risk of death or injury.
Ramp upgrades at the Normanville Meatworks and the Strathalbyn Abattoir will help protect local truck drivers and their families.