Govt fast-tracks review into WA grain network

Review into Western Australia's grain transport network begins and will focus on increased infrastructure investment to improve the sector

A review into Western Australia’s grain transport network will be fast-tracked, with the Federal Government flagging increased infrastructure investment as a means of improving the sector’s viability.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia Gary Gray yesterday appointed KPMG to lead the review into the network in partnership with SAHA International.

By reaching an agreement with the Barnett Government to accelerate the review, Gray says governments will be able to look at its recommendations before the start of the grain season.

Stakeholders will be consulted throughout the process as the review team examines infrastructure solutions to cement the network’s contribution to the national economy.

"Infrastructure is critical to securing economic growth in the future and supporting jobs," Gray says.

"The Government recognises the importance of investing in infrastructure now to support important farming industries, including the grain sector.

"This review will analyse preliminary findings from the Grain Infrastructure Group to identify obstacles preventing the WA grain freight industry from being fully productive and efficient."

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