Has anyone heard of any new policies for Rail Freight??
Local Labor candidate, Graeme Middlemiss, will continue to work for the return of Rail Freight Services to Gippsland.
"It is great to hear that the Brumby Government is working to reassign the lease for the Gippsland Intermodal Freight Terminal to Latrobe City to allow the terminal to be returned to serivce. For some years there has been only one freight train and it has been restricted solely to Paper Mill traffic. We need a general freight rail service that is avaliable to all local industry and Businesses."
"Together with Cr Bruce Lougheed, I have been campaigning for some years for a full Freight Rail service to be restored. Transport Minister Martin Pakula has indicated that such a move would allow Latrobe City to appoint a Contract Terminal Operator to re-open the terminal to any organisation wishing to use rail freight. These terminals would certainly attract industry, creating new jobs, and certainly reduce the carbon footprint of transport operations", he said
Cr Lougheed agreed, pointing out that in some cases, it will be more cost effective to deliver export containers to the terminal by road so that they can be railed direct onto the wharf.
"Easier access to markets for some businesses will create more jobs in distribution and manufacture", he said
Graeme said he had already been approached by a number of businesses keen to take advantage of the re-opened rail terminal. " This will lead to more local jobs and reduce highway transport," he said