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Freight frustrations at Greenethorpe

16 Apr, 2009 04:00 AM
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Rail meeting organiser, Michael Bryant,
Rail meeting organiser, Michael Bryant, "The Kurrajongs", Greenethorpe, says the government will pass the costs on to local government because at the end of the day they’ve got no alternative but to fix the roads.

CENTRAL West graingrowers are fuming, forced to pay $5 a tonne more freight as the State Government considers closing five branch lines.

Frustration ran high at last week’s Greenethorpe protest meeting, where farmers were joined by politicians and local council representatives.

The 90-strong crowd was dismayed at the prospect of many grain producers effectively being barred from using rail to get their grain to port.

The potential line closures – Koorawatha-Greenethorpe, Cowra-Koorawatha, Koorawatha-Demondrille, Ungarie-Lake Cargelligo and Nevertire-Warren – were flagged by Transport Minister, David Campbell, in November’s mini-Budget.

Michael Bryant, “The Kurrajongs”, Greenethorpe, said farmers had started to feel the effects of the possible closures about three weeks ago, when several freight companies added about $5 a tonne for off-rail grain transport.

So effectively for every 1000 tonnes of grain transported, he said farmers could be up for an extra $5000.

For more see this week's The Land.

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Wheat Fields.
16/04/2009 10:35:13 AM

The Greenethorpe farmers and their colleagues from all over Australia should brace themselves for further inequities towards growers as the full ramifications of not having a single desk national pool to protect their interests are borne out.
Warren
17/04/2009 7:17:17 AM

Wheatfields must be on a high after the recent rain we have had, the end of the single desk has nothing to do with branch lines closing. This was happing when the single desk was in play. What it shows is how poor sighted the state goverement over the years have been with neglecting this line and many others to the point of no return and this is the cheapest way to fix the problem close it down and put on the road. So let's concentrate on the issue here: infrastructure.
bob
26/04/2009 8:19:20 PM

The rail lines were stuffed years before the single desk was scrapped!

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