Hear, Hear Steve.Has there been anymore news back in Tassie about the proposal to export coal through Bell Bay?Nope. That's done and dusted I am afraid, like Silica from Florentine, Magnesite from Takone, Venture Minerals, etc. etc.
If it does comes to fruition, what were the tonnages mentioned & would Tasrail have the capacity noting it now has the Boyer coal traffic.
Lots of failed opportunities that Tasrail was all over. Yet REAL traffic is available from Smithton (veneer, milk) and a major forest industries hub developing at Lings Siding on the N.E. Line that is likely to feature wood pellets, ethanol, etc. But, sorry, those lines are being sacrificed for rail trails!
When the Bass Straight roll on roll off ferries were introduced the Former Tasmanian Government Railways were extremely innovative in producing methods to carrying all types of roll on roll off freight.
Unfortunately Tasrail lacks innovation and motivation which would allow them to compete with road transport on all rail lines.
We have a Liberal Party State President who is Road Transport owner operator. Is there a conflict of interest?
The state of our highways are atrocious, billions of dollars would not fix, now we have the Mayor of Dorset saying he wants millions spent on the Sidling to turn it into a major freight road, this is the bloke pushing for the North East Rail Trail. Torrified biomass would be of a greater economic benefit to the residents of the North East than ripping up the North East Rail Line.