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New stock-truck effluent disposal facility opens in
Wellsford

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A new stock-truck effluent disposal facility in Wellsford - for Northland livestock transporters using State Highway 1 - was opened today by Rodney District Mayor Penny Webster and the NZ Transport Agency's Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Wayne McDonald.

A new stock-truck effluent disposal facility in Wellsford - for Northland livestock transporters using State Highway 1 - was opened today by Rodney District Mayor Penny Webster and the NZ Transport Agency's Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Wayne McDonald.

Work started on the $450,000 facility in March and was funded by the NZ Transport Agency and Rodney District Council.

Situated within the Wellsford stockyards with land provided by Associated Auctioneers, the facility is part of a strategic network of in-transit stock-truck effluent disposal sites throughout the North Island. Four other effluent disposal facilities are located at Tapapa (SH5), Taupo (SH1), Stratford (SH1) and Waverley (SH3).

Mr McDonald says the Wellsford effluent disposal facility gives stock truck operators the opportunity to unload stock effluent from their holding tanks while travelling between Northland and Auckland. "This has enormous benefits for both motorists and the truck operators themselves," he says. "The spillage of untreated, concentrated effluent onto the state highway is always dangerous and can find its way into nearby waterways, harming the environment."

Mr McDonald says that effluent spillage presently corrodes the highway's asphalt surface making it slippery and dangerous. It is also a major contributor to the formation of potholes on the road surface. "The stock effluent facility at Wellsford provides a valuable and necessary service to Northland’s growing stock transportation industry and will help make the state highway safer for all those who use it every day," he says.

Located off SH1 at 41 Centennial Park Road, the disposal facility is solar powered and uses smart infrared technology to measure effluent flow and levels into the disposal unit.

National Road Carriers executive officer Paula Davies says the Wellsford effluent disposal facility has taken some 15 years to get to where it is today, so is very overdue but immensely welcomed by the Livestock Transport Industry.  She says emphasis however must still go into minimising the effluent at the initial source, "the farmer's gate".

For more information please contact:

Anthony Frith
Communications Advisor
NZ Transport Agency
T    64 4 894 6403
M   027 309 8725
anthony.frith@nzta.govt.nz

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