Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Grain Rail iT Matters

Short Term Rail Fix Unlikely to Stop the Trucks

Labor candidate Ian Radisich vowed to keep Grain Rail going in October 2012
His statement:
Thousands more trucks are likely on local roads within 12 months, with the Barnett Government only guaranteeing to keep Wheatbelt rail lines open for another year.
The Barnett Government had previously decided to close the Wheatbelt rail this year, but a significant public backlash forced a back down, ahead of next year’s State Election.
WA Labor Candidate for Swan Hills Ian Radisich coordinated a community petition to keep the rail lines open, with more than 1000 local residents showing their support.
“Thanks to the support of many local people, we have managed to keep extra grain trucks off our roads for another 12 months,” Mr Radisich said.
“We have forced Mr Barnett to overturn his bad decision to close Wheatbelt rail lines, with new
funding announced for another twelve months.
“While I welcome this decision, I am concerned it is a short - term political fix ahead of next year’s State Election.
“Colin Barnett and Frank Alban have shown no commitment to rail since being elected in 2008. They have broken their promise to build the Ellenbrook Railway, as well as breaking promises to build train stations at South Perth and Canning Vale. They decided to close the Wheatbelt rail, until the local community stood up and told them enough is enough.
Mr Radisich said only WA Labor truly believed in rail.“Rail keeps trucks off our roads, making our communities safer. Moving freight on rail is much better for our environment than moving freight on road. “If I am elected as the Member for Swan Hills at the next State Election, I will fight to keep Wheatbelt rail open indefinitely and stop the trucks being added to local roads.”

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