The Harden Shire Council has approved the re-establishment of the Harden truck wash pending state government funding and approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The truck wash, located on Saleyards Road, was closed in April 2010.
In response, local livestock carriers launched a petition earlier this year to have the truck wash re-opened.
Following the petition the council set up a combined committee of local truck drivers, representatives from the agriculture sector and councillors to investigate the reopening the truck wash.
The taskforce was chaired by Di Peisley, of Peisley Livestock Transport, who played a major role in petititioning the council to have the facility re-opened.
Mayor Chris Manchester said this week that the council approved the reopening of truck wash pending state government funding and approval from the Envirnomental Protection Agency.
A report to last week’s council meeting said that it was now recognised that the service provided by the truck wash went beyond servicing local strock carriers but affected the overall biosecurity of all primary producers within the shire area.
The committee commissioned a report from a company called Geolyse to look at all options for reopening the facility.
The report estimated the cost of the reopening would be about $116,000.