Meeting of minds on road trains through Rockhampton streets

KEY STAKEHOLDERS will meet again today in a bid to find a resolution to the road train issue in Rockhampton.

Representatives from Transport and Main Roads, Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland Police, Teys Australia, JBS and the transport industry will be involved.

Road trains carrying cattle cannot travel directly to Rockhampton's meatworks. Instead, they have to be broken down at the Gracemere Saleyards, with one trailer moved at a time.

Charles Hollingworth, group manager of corporate affairs and environment at Teys Australia, said the current arrangement which involved the cross-loading of cattle imposed additional costs on producers.

"Our business and the jobs of our 1100 employees rely on our supplier base and having sustainable access to livestock," he said.

"We take a long-term view around continuing to invest in our business, and to support local jobs. We urge the government to also take a long-term view and elevate this issue so we can get a solution in place which will address this current cost impost on livestock producers.

"Whichever solution is implemented needs to allow access of road trains to both of the meat processing facilities on Lakes Creek Rd."

Meanwhile, plans are being finalised to improve facilities at the Gracemere Saleyards.

A TMR spokesperson said the first step would be to improve the layout of the breakdown area with new signage, separating parking/storage of vehicles from loading operations.



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