UPDATE 2 - NSW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS - Freight deliveries to Northern Beaches

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) are maintaining direct and close contact with the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) COVID19 Taskforce.

In response to member concerns, the Taskforce has confirmed that the Northern Beaches LGA will not be restricting freight deliveries.

Should members face any ongoing push back on this position, we are pleased to advise that we have appropriate contacts at the local council and Taskforce to achieve resolution.

The following is an extract of the public release provided by TfNSW:

As you are aware, a number of States have updated their requirements for travellers from NSW.

For up to date information please regularly check the NSW Health website, and check the state or territory you are travelling to for current restrictions.

Northern Beaches Public Health Order

I can confirm that freight drivers and other freight workers are permitted to enter the Northern Beaches LGA for work-related freight tasks. You should implement your own COVID Safe plan to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Impacts of border closures

We are seeing lengthy traffic queues crossing the borders between NSW and Victoria and Queensland. We are assisting those jurisdictions establish their necessary checkpoints to manage the flow and checking of travellers and working with them to prioritise the movement of freight where possible. Please plan ahead and factor potential delays into fatigue management plans.

Continue getting tested regularly

With the changing situation in NSW, I ask that the freight industry continues to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

We strongly recommend that you access the NSW freight friendly COVID testing sites to take regular testing. The following sites are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep freight drivers, their families and the community safe, including through the Christmas period:
  • Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway map
  • Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway map
  • Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway map
  • Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway map 
  • Tarcutta truck change-over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway map
Thank you for your continued efforts to keep freight moving safely through this period.

FTA / APSA will keep members at the cutting edge of implications to international trade on our dedicated Coronavirus Updates page
Paul Zalai -  Director and Co-Founder, FTA / Secretariat, APSA