Truckie testing site win
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Truckie testing site win

A COVID-19 testing facility for the region’s freight drivers will be set up at the Murrungowar truck stop between Orbost and Cann River.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who has been pushing for this outcome for some time, was advised by the Minister for Freight this week that his calls had been answered.
“I have been pushing for this for a number of weeks now. When the government determined drivers must be tested every three days, it did not roll out the testing facilities in regional areas to allow this to occur.
“Having raised the matter when we were last at Parliament, I have been in constant contact with the Minister’s office to have this facility in proximity to Cann River, so it is accessible to drivers using either the Monaro or Princes Highway routes.
“Our many freight drivers have had great difficulty finding the time between trips to meet the government's requirement. They want to spend their down time with their families, rather than chase testing appointments.
“It was very pleasing to receive a call from the Minister to confirm the government has got the message, and it will be in place before the end of the week.”
Mr Bull said he was still seeking information on the times the testing facility would be open.
“Freight does not stop around the clock, so I would be hopeful it is 24 hours or, if not, close to it, he said.
“I look forward to finally getting back to Parliament this week to again raise a number of issues relating to regional areas where we have been unfairly treated by the restrictions, with improved business supports at the top of a long list,” he said.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, is pleased the Government has answered his calls for a freight driver COVID testing facility between Orbost and Cann River.

 Sunday, 5 August 2021