Add the major problem of ageing and Inefficient grain handling / storage facilities at the port.
FA grain goes to Portland as the line TAL is low (19?). ARTC, the Vic Govt and the port are all dodging the bullet of funding the upgrade...
A good grain year will reopen thingsNot so sure about that, james, FA grain goes to Portland, although there was a minor surge last year, remember they are only interested in the wood chips.
Also, remember, she's a swine of a setup for unloading trains, these days.
Yep, all of the above and this year, grain is heading North, for drought relief.
As far as I'm concerned, Portland has a very limited life span in the future for grain exportation, which is a shame but it's location for a Huge refurbishment, makes it nearly impossible and the management seems happy with their woodchip, cash cow.
If BG's mineral sands gets up and running, perhaps that will be another feather in their cap, but as Iv'e said before I'll believe that when I see it. ( and have to shout BG a Gallon of Stout, Bingley and I on the light..
I also reckon Geelong needs to really sharpen the pencil with their loading speed and perhaps their unloading facilities/unloading speed, to be competitive with Port Kembla ( similar distance to both from Southern NSW ) if Geetroit wants to attract grain from the Riverina and be at least on par, with those Newsouth Welshmans ports.
And here endith the Epistle....