Livestock truck changes planned for Roma

Changes could be coming to the truck breakdown pad 6km west of Roma. Photo Jordan Philp / Western Star
Changes could be coming to the truck breakdown pad 6km west of Roma. Photo Jordan Philp / Western Star Jordan Philp

CHANGES to restrictions on trucks travelling through Roma to the saleyards could be on the cards.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads delegates have met with community members, following discussion with the livestock carrying industry in April.

About 30 people attended the meeting with the department where a proposal to allow Type 2 road trains carrying livestock only to access the breakdown pad was discussed.

The breakdown pad is about 6km west of Roma and they would only be able to travel between 7pm and 5.30am to the Roma Saleyards.

"Based on the feedback received and the general acceptance by the industry and community of the proposal, we are now preparing a business case to obtain funding to proceed," a department spokesman said.

The current route from the breakdown pad through to the Saleyards is designated for Type 1 road trains only.

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Robert Loughnan said it had been a well-constructed meeting and the organisers had done a good job.

"I think they'll put up a cost-affective solution," he said.

The breakdown pad had recently undergone reseal works that were carried out by RoadTek and future maintenance was planned for the parking area of the pad, including repairing potholes and surface damage.

Recently 43-year-old Injune man Joe Taylor was fatally injured at the spot while returning to collect a trailer.

Topics:  roma saleyards

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