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Flushable toilets and lighting part of upgrades at two rest areas in NSW’s west

Two NSW rest areas have received a combined $850,000 in upgrades, including flushable toilets, however truckies will have to share the space with caravanners and other motorists.

Works have now been completed at two sites along the Silver City Highway: the Curlwaa Rest area, about four kilometres west of Wentworth; and Seven Trees Rest Area, 82 kilometres north of Wentworth.

According to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) regional director west Alistair Lunn, the upgrades will make trips on the Silver City Highway safer and more comfortable for tourists and freight operators that use the road each day. However both sites are already popular spots for caravanners.

A covered table and seating at Seven Trees Rest Area. Image: TfNSW

“Both rest areas provide access for both heavy and light vehicles travelling in both directions and are delivering great bang for our buck,” Lunn said.

“Crews have been working hard since December 2023 to replace the single waterless composting toilets at each site with two new flushing toilets for each rest area, complete with disabled access.”

Both sites previously had no lighting, so the upgrades also include the installation of solar-powered lighting for the toilet block and surrounds.

“The rest areas have remained open during construction with temporary toilet facilities brought in for motorists’ convenience, but we know all drivers who use this section of the Silver City Highway are looking forward to the completion of this work,” Lunn added.

The upgrades were funded through the Heavy Vehicle Rest Stop Improvement Program.

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