A 24-hour Covid testing site could soon be established in Port Augusta following calls for the Australian Government to create two national road transport industry testing and vaccination points.
The Australian Trucking Association is allegedly taking the lead on driver testing, with an aim to reduce test result waiting times and support vaccination requirements.
“Recently we saw the example of two truck drivers testing positive in WA. They had completed a COVID test in NSW, but the results had taken three days to process,” CEO of Western Roads Federation Cam Dumesny said.
The proposed sites in Port Augusta and at the Northern Territory Border control point at the Barkly Highway Roadhouse, are two points which ATA CEO Michael Deegan claims nearly all national east-west road freight movements must pass through.
“These sites would also protect the north-south route from Port Augusta to Darwin,” says Mr Deegan.
The proposal calls for the sites to be accessible at all times, with all staff on-site capable of administering vaccines and returning test results quickly.