Well if fruit and vegies is not contestable why does the Mildura fruit train run regularly all year. Produce going to export via ship.
The same can be said about produce from Robinvale, so what is the difference ?
It's more than 5 hours drive to Melbourne, even if unloading can be achieved and back on the road for within an hour, you can call it a 12 hour turn around time and are they driving back unlaiden.
Produce for export from Mildura still has to meet shipping times, so weather the product has come from Robinvale or Mildura is irreverent.
Check these fellow's out.http://albyfarm.com.au/marketing
A few years ago we had a couple of days, relaxing at Robinvale and checked the farms, absolutely huge, and at that stage, the biggest carrot farm in the southern hemisphere, not far out of town.
I would have know doubt, the export market would be there, but there's a fair chance, when the train stopped, producers just found other alternatives.
And as james, said the Managatang intermodal is just down the road, but unless there is a concerted drive to attract the produce, they will keep on with the devil they know.