This article over at the ABC may also be of interest as it has an interview with someone from Grain Link which may also have a need for the new terminal.
Comments about rural towns not wanting trucks in their town going to and from rail yards make me laugh. These are towns which live and breathe on produce and export. Do they expect the goods to walk themselves to the port?
Is a good listen. It will depend very much on how the rail operators can attract the business & adapt for haulage & if they want it.
The sorrow is with the town complaints its often something thats more a result of the newer generation of people who have moved to the country rather than those who have lived there all their lives, although that is not always the case. The radio link has the fellow mentioning the aspect that Griffith Council has wanted to get Patricks out of Griffith for some time now, this shows that some councils have certainly changed their views over the years for whatever reason they have.
Most locations that want to be rid of rail & road through their towns, are places where locals primarilly have accepted that their town & way of life is dying, & they seem happy for that, as businesses & close the trucks & trains bypass, & just disturb their rest. Most who can remember when their towns were busy & full of life, when both road & rail served them well are primarilly gone, those that remain just want their life as it is. In one sense they are like those who lived outside of towns used to have to travel each week for their main shopping into these now dying clusters, & now they travel many miles to the big towns for their shopping in their 4 wheel drives rather than the humble farm buggy or ute as the local town has no shops except perhaps a service station that has a small stock of neccesities.
Its really a shame when one looks on Google earth to see Griffith, & its an excellent reflection on how freight has been turned away & what is possible to be attracted. The amount of vacant space between the Temora line & small businesses that could well have easy access onto rail services, also to note the amount of spaces where rail sidings existed & now gone. Sure we all know how times have changed & businesses need the fast O/night delivery of orders, & general freight means no more than light traffic rather than the heavy bulk products.
However, in places like Griffith & in other Rural towns & cities around the state, there is enough businesses that are not all in need of the urgent o/night traffic items, many have need of general stocked products that are suitable for the 2-3 day delivery orders which rail could readilly compete in, something that was very much raised during my time on working parties in the 80's & I know enough in business that have similar needs as those back then.
I guess one can dream