Mean while in the rail freight or grain at least department, some noise to coincide with the Minister's trip, the Mayor of Hindmarsh has reminded the Govt about the rail line up to Jeparit and onto Rainbow of it's current shabby and unusable condition.Hindmarsh mayor rail-road plea. Fears the loss of a rail-freight line in Hindmarsh Shire will exacerbate hazardous road conditions has triggered a desperate plea from community leaders for state intervention. Hindmarsh mayor Rob Gersch said the council was calling for immediate State Government support to upgrade the unusable Rainbow to Dimboola rail line to prevent trucks from having to use damaged roads for grain transport. He said forcing transport drivers to use already fragile roads instead of the rail line, particularly after a bumper harvest, was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’. “The major concern is safety,” he said.“We are aware we have roughly 6000 B-double loads of grain ready for transport, and because the State Government is not going to fund the upgrade of the Rainbow line, all grain is going to go by road.
this equates to about 270,000 tonne.....6000 ( b-doubles ) X 45 ( tonne / load )
did the govt say they would not fund the upgrade ? thought they were working in conjunction with graincorp.
Link from yesterday's Weekly Advertiser.https://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/articles/hindmarsh-mayor-rail-road-plea/
There's also a short article about the Overland and loss of funding for container transport; something for everyone