Hopes high for interchange

January 24, 2018

Austin Evans is optimistic that progress will soon be made on installing a truck interchange in Tocumwal.

Member for Murray Austin Evans says he is optimistic that there will be some movement soon on the proposed plan to have a truck interchange at Tocumwal.

Mr Evans said the recent visit of Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to the region would hopefully advance progress on the matter.

‘‘It is her responsibility, we have put it with her and she is getting her advisers to chase that up and flagged it as a budget possibility for the 2018-2019 year.

‘‘She sees the good sense in it and as a logical thing to work together with the council on, so I think it has quite a good chance of happening,’’ Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans also touched on the proposal of relining the rail line route from Tocumwal to Narrandera, and said while there were no plans for actual works, councils would soon have access to information on how they could make a submission to access a study that would look at the project’s feasibility.

‘‘The shire (Berrigan) has already talked to me about their thoughts and ideas on different pieces on it. It is a process we are waiting to see come through and made public of when the study is actually going to happen.

‘‘The study will basically look at feasibility and put some ball-park costings around what it would take to open the line,’’ Mr Evans said.

When quizzed on whether there had been any developments for an ambulance station in Tocumwal, Mr Evans said discussions had been held with the Department of Rural Health but suggested that it ‘‘won’t be something that happens overnight’’.

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