I think there's enough evidence throughout Railpage that the current port and rail regimes in Victoria make it just 2 hard for start ups like this. I've posted previously that the Tim Fischer Report on rail freight in Victoria proposed that the Dept of Transport of the day form a Rail Freight Facilitation Unit (almost identical to that successfully operating in the UK and also in Business Development departments of a couple of the bid North American railroads) that literally facilitates new start opportunities like contemplated here. Recall already the amount of rail freight already diverted from Port Of Melbourne because of their high pricing and decidedly negative position on rail access especially from the former CEO.
Where has the approved and funded Inland Port - Port Rail Shuttles project for Lyndhurst, Somerton and Altona gone. Virtually dead in the water. In the meantime Port Botany and Transport for NSW and ARTC are steaming along growing rail market share. Things have to be pretty bad cost and service wise to move the QUBE/Visy rail business out of Harefield/Junee to Port Botany versus Dynon. The rail operation to Dynon on a direct, fast and reliable rail corridor is a complete natural versus the much more challenging rail operation to Port Botany, but Port of Melbourne killed that.
What I do know is that all bidders for Port of Melbourne are very big on using rail. There maybe other concerns about port privatization but just on reduced cost, higher volume and reduced impact on the community having a competitive, efficient pro-rail port operation does it for me. Simplistic response I know but this should have been a good piece of business for rail in the Goulburn Valley if the settings and process for facilitating rail were in place especially given agriculture is the new growth sector!!!