IOR is proud to have installed a brand-new cattle cross loader facility at its Roma diesel stop, adjacent to the breakdown pad. Roma has been selected for this safety initiative as the end of the triple road train route and home of the largest livestock selling centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is well known that the traditional method of transferring cattle between road train crates is considered one of the most dangerous activities for both drivers and livestock in the transport supply chain.
The cross-loader is available for the industry to access for free as IOR seeks to help improve productivity, safety for livestock transport drivers, and animal welfare.
Speaking about bringing the project to life, IOR Managing Director; Stewart Morland, said that it would not have been possible without collaboration and support from organisations throughout the region.
“We would like to acknowledge Maranoa Regional Council for providing materials in-kind from the Maranoa Council Quarry, a significant portion of the overall project costs. We would also like to thank RyTrans, Roma Transport Services, and the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland Inc. who were strong advocates for the initiative”, Mr Morland said.
IOR’s network of diesel stops is used by some of Australia’s largest transport operators who travel along popular road train routes. IOR is committed to the Health and Safety of team members, contractors, customers, and Australian communities, and this new, safe facility is available for use by IOR customers and other drivers who agree to IOR’s access conditions and safety guidelines.
The Roma facility has been modelled on IOR’s popular cattle cross loader facility in Port Augusta, South Australia used by Australia’s essential livestock transport drivers.
“We have been using IOR’s cattle cross loader in Port Augusta since it was opened in 2018. The facility has significantly improved safety for our drivers and the welfare of the livestock they transport. Our drivers find it extremely efficient as they also refuel and use the shower and toilet amenities all at the same site. It’s great to see IOR demonstrating their continued commitment to our industry by making another cross-loader available in Roma.”
– Kenny Kimlin, Hale River Transport
The facility is now open for customers and the industry to use.
For any questions about this update, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
IOR Head Office
1300 457 467
Drew Hipwood, Manager – Corporate Affairs
[email protected] or 07 3895 4407