Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Grain Rail iT Matters

WA Farmers On Grain Rail in 2012

WA Farmers statement on Grain Rail in October 2012 and there lobbying to have stay operational.

Media Statement WA Farmers

The Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc.) (WAFarmers) has welcomed the announcement from the State Government that Tier 3 rail lines are to remain in operation until at least 31 October 2013. 

The lines were due to close on 31 October 2012, however this extension will allow the CBH Group (CBH) and Brookfield Rail to find a long term commercial solution for the rail lines.

WAFarmers Transport Spokesperson and Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) Chairman, Bill Cowan, said it was great news the Tier 3 rail network would remain open for another year.

“The 12-month extension of these lines will only help to strengthen our case that rail is a better option than road, to transport grain,” Mr Cowan said.

“CBH has recently released rate estimates which show a seven per cent decrease in rail rates and a five to eight per cent increase in road rates and we believe this will only improve with more investment in grain rail infrastructure.”

Despite welcoming the decision, Mr Cowan did warn the State Government that the extension would not make the Tier 3 rail issue go away.

“We are in the lead up to a State Election and my message for the Liberal-National Government is that this rail debate will not go away,” he said.

“WAFarmers and the people of the wheatbelt will be seeking a commitment from the Government to find a long term solution for Tier 3 rail and the broader grain rail network.

“This is not purely an issue for agriculture and farmers; this is an issue for road users across the state. Transporting grain via trucks increases traffic on our roads and we have seen over the past few months a number of traffic incidents between passenger vehicles and grain trucks.

“After that commitment, there needs for a long term plan so that the grain rail network is catered for years and years to come.”

WAFarmers and its affiliated organisation, the WRRA, have worked tirelessly over the past two years to ensure the survival of the Tier 3 rail network.

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