Livestock Truck Washdown Infrastructure
The Tasmanian Government in 2016 commissioned a strategic review of the provision in Tasmania of livestock truck washdown facilities from a biosecurity and hygiene perspective.
This resulted in a report based on the experiences and viewpoints of a wide cross-section of people and organisations from the Tasmanian transport, production, biosecurity, rural trading, local government, and processing sectors among others.
The Tasmania Government has commenced action to improve the provision of livestock truck washdown facilities. It is co-funding a $500,000 washdown facility at Powranna in the northern midlands. Powranna was identified in the review as a high priority site as it is rapidly developing as a livestock hub.
The Powranna facility's development and subsequent operation is supported by a strong partnership with the private sector and local government. The Tasmanian Government will use the partnership model for construction and operation of the Powranna facility as a pilot to guide the development of similar facilities elsewhere.
Consistent with the recommendations of the strategic review, further action being taken comprises:
- Biosecurity Tasmania will commence discussions with prospective partners for further enhancements to the truckwash network in Tasmania. In these discussions, Biosecurity Tasmania will assist in helping to develop the partnerships needed to build and operate the facilities.
- Biosecurity Tasmania will start discussions within government regarding the feasibility of developing effluent dump points.
- Biosecurity Tasmania will review the existing protocol relating to a feeding curfew for livestock prior to transport. This will include consideration to improve awareness and understanding of the protocol.
The review is a valuable addition to the body of knowledge relating to biosecurity and hygiene infrastructure in Tasmania suitable for livestock and other rural trucks.
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Livestock Truck Washdown Review Final Report (2Mb)