SA/NT agricultural industry to benefit from road upgrade and access improvements

Thursday 25 May 2017

Triple road trains and other combinations up to 53.5 metres long, will soon have access to a decoupling facility, including a livestock transfer tower, on Yorkeys Crossing Road.

This will increase productivity for livestock transport operators and assist the flow of cattle between South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The intersection at Yorkeys Crossing Road and the Stuart Highway, north of Port Augusta, will be upgraded to allow access to the decoupling yard which is part of the nearby IOR Petroleum facility.

The State Government has worked with the local council and industry to deliver the improvements which will improve cross-loading of livestock and build efficiencies in agricultural transport.

Once complete, the upgrade will provide transport operators a facility to reconfigure triple road train combinations to semi-trailers or B doubles – which are approved to travel on roads south of Port Augusta.

The access upgrade is another initiative of the successful 90 Day Project, Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry which has already seen $56 million in industry benefits flow to the agricultural and transport sectors in South Australia.


The upgrade to the intersection of Stuart Highway and Yorkeys Crossing Road at Port August, and the installation of a livestock transfer tower will deliver benefits to local industry/businesses on both sides of the SA/NT border.

The Improving Road Transport for the Agricultural Industry project has identified opportunities to improve efficiency of the state’s agriculture sector – which is already delivering significant benefits.

For more information on the Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry project visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell

These works will deliver significant benefits to the agricultural industry and industry peak bodies in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The upgrades and access improvements are about increasing productivity by building efficiencies in transportation, saving the agricultural industry time and money. The new infrastructure will also reduce the risk of injury to workers and livestock.

Primary industries are vital to South Australia’s economy and to remain competitive, local producers need to be able to increase productivity and decrease costs.

In 2015–16, our food and wine industries generated $18.6 billion in revenue and accounted for 45% of the state’s merchandise exports.

One in five working South Australians is employed in the agribusiness sector and it is the engine room of our economy.

Improving the facilities demonstrates the shared interest and commitment between the SA and NT governments to strengthen the central Australian corridor and streamline freight flows to and from Asia and other key markets.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock

Importantly, this gives greater certainty to South Australia’s processing facilities based in our regions which strongly support our regional economy.

These improvements will help maximise the support provided to local processors and make it more efficient to get cattle into their premises.

Quotes attributable to NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles

This is great news for Territory producers and industry as it provides a safer, more efficient way of moving cattle.

Cattle production is the largest primary industry sector in the NT, contributing $750 million annually to the Territory’s economy.

Quotes attributable to IOR Petroleum Managing Director Stewart Morland

This is a great example of government and industry working together. It’s an example of government showing real commitment to understanding the difficulties faced by long distance road train operators and especially those carrying livestock.

We work very closely with transport companies hauling livestock to markets via Yorkeys Crossing and could see the issues facing both drivers and livestock during decoupling and truck to truck stock transfers on the pad adjacent to our site.

IOR’s investment in the Port Augusta livestock transfer facility is part of our ongoing commitment to supporting regional Australia and its important industries and we are delighted that this is a perfect match with the objectives of the Government of South Australia.

Quotes attributable to NT Cattlemen’s Association CEO Tracy Hayes

This announcement on a triple road decoupling facility for Yorkeys Crossing is a significant breakthrough and both the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments should be congratulated on the first steps to resolving some significant issues.

It highlights the value in the collaborative bilateral relationship between South Australia and the Northern Territory and supports the renewed commitment to undertake critical road infrastructure upgrades to support transport supply chain routes between jurisdictions.

Local industry are set to benefit, particularly the agricultural sector – there are rapidly emerging opportunities for the cattle and beef industry to supply organic and premium products to premium markets.

Greater collaboration across jurisdictions is warranted to deliver key linkages and opportunities for supply chains, expanding trade relationships, branding and marketing of premium beef and other food products.

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