Riverina cottons booming and it's all going by road

 
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Interesting piece on ABC Landline.

SEAN MURPHY: There'll be close to 100,000 tonnes of cotton lint produced in the Murrumbidgee Valley this year. That's about 430,000 bales being trucked by road to the Port of Melbourne. It equates to 2400 truckloads and there could be the same number again carrying cottonseed. The potential to double the region's cotton production is helping fuel a new debate about the best way to transport around $30 billion worth of freight from two of the nation's biggest inland food bowls. ...

DAVID FARLEY: The most practical part about it, it actually exists. We have a transport corridor. You don't have to go and buy new land, acquire new land, get easements, etc. This corridor exists. It's just a matter of updating the corridor and making it used. Then you'll find that inside it, whether it's the stone fruit industries at Shepparton, whether it's the rice mills, the flour mills, the abattoirs, the timber mills or the value-added food companies - is there is enormous amount of freight here already. There's in excess of 190,000-odd container units at the moment moving out.

SEAN MURPHY: The Riverina's three cotton gins all say they would welcome cheaper, more efficient transport. Southern cotton used to transport up to 50,000 tonnes of cottonseed by rail. But the cost and reliability didn't stack up.

KATE O'CALLAGHAN: If that all changed, we certainly would be looking at changing back to rail, certainly for our cottonseed. For the cotton, we don't control that because we're just the toll gin, we're just ginning for the other merchants. But as a toll gin maybe down the future we could put in more warehouses and pack directly on-site into containers and ship out of containers. Nothing's impossible. "

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4237056.htm

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Good volumes.  Where exactly is the Murrumbidgee Valley?  Is this Griffith?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Yet the wine makers have no problem despatching two trains a day to Melbourne and Sydney ports.

Methinks these guys need to employ better logistics consultants.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Good volumes.  Where exactly is the Murrumbidgee Valley?  Is this Griffith?
bevans
Narrandera

The ABC Landline report was talking about the prospect of running trains South of Narrandera to Melbourne, and happing the Federal Government would re route the Inland Railway via Narrandera.

But as we all know the Southern route has been set as via Albury and the bulk of track upgrades has been funded and completed.


So a very strong business plan would have to be put together to standardise and upgrade the Seymour - Tocumwal (also Toolamba - Deniliquin) line and totally rebuild the Tocumwal - Narrandera railway.

Forget about a direct link between Narrandera/Griffith  and Forbes.
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Would it make sense to BG north of Tocumwal?  For those volumes it could make sense.

I recall a proposal to have an intermodal terminal opened at Narrandera.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Would it make sense to BG north of Tocumwal?  For those volumes it could make sense.

I recall a proposal to have an intermodal terminal opened at Narrandera.
JoppaJunction
Probably. Probably better to do it as DG.

The focus is currently the Inland primary route, secondary routes will get a low priority unless the private sector wants to take it on.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Bit early yet on detail but there are some emerging serious developments underway regarding increasing use of rail out of Griffith with new