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Plans for a new grain receival and packaging site at Coonamble are expected to remove a number of heavy vehicles from western roads.
For the first time in three decades, a Narromine-based company wants to open a new facility where grains will be prepared for export.
The director, David Ringland, says the plans have been made possible by the State Government's $33 million upgrade of the Dubbo to Coonamble rail line, which is due to be completed in 2014.
He says it will offer farmers a cheaper alternative to transporting their product by truck.
"They either have to go into a bulk train export which happens very rarely, of they've got to be transported by road either to Narrabri, Dubbo, Narromine or Warren to be exported in containers and so being able to do that in Coonamble is going to have a really significant impact on reducing the amount of road traffic," he said.
It is the first branch the company has opened in 30 years.
He says grains like lupins and chickpeas will be prepared for export so they do not have to be re-packaged at the port and is a service not currently available in the region.
Mr Ringland says the improvements to the rail line during the past 18 months makes is possible to profitably cart grain out of the area whereas before the process took too long, because trains had to travel so slowly.
"We can effectively run container trains from Dubbo to Coonamble and in a timely fashion, one of the issues about container trains is that we have to get them turned around in about 48 hours.
"So from our site at Coonamble through the port and back.
"Previously that line just wasn't capable of doing that."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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