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New truck washes will improve biosecurity: Deputy Prime Minister

A series of truck washes costing $4 million will be constructed in Tasmania under a new plan by the Federal Government.

The proposed sites in King Island, Smithton, Devonport and Burnie will incorporate effluent dumping facilities to improve biosecurity and welfare outcomes for livestock.

“By reducing the spread of disease and weeds during transport, the truck wash will also help the state's livestock and broader agricultural industries and communities thrive and grow,” said Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the project will improve farm hygiene.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when the Government works together with local communities, agribusiness, transporters and farmers to support growth in our local livestock sector,” he said.

Nationals' Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the wash-down stations will be state-of-the-art.

“Tasmania's farming and agricultural sector is one of the state's main economic drivers, with exports to the rest of the world continuing to grow,” he said.

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