CBH welcomes freight investment

CBH Group backs government investment in grain freight network to keep most of the harvest transported by rail

November 19, 2010

Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) Group has welcomed the funding announcement for Western Australia’s grain freight network, saying the $178.8 million investment will ensure the majority of grain harvest continues to be transported to port by rail.

CBH Group Chairman Neil Wandel says efficient inland transport infrastructure is vital to Western Australia in an "increasingly competitive" global grain market.

"There have been many years of discussion about the best way forward for our grain transport network and it is very welcome that we now have the funding required to implement the recommendations of the Strategic Grain Network Review," Wandel says.

Labelling it a significant investment, the funds will also be spent on roads to provide an alternative in situations where rail might be a more expensive transport option.

"As the biggest customer of the grain rail network and with our own significant and growing investment in rail infrastructure, we believe we can provide crucial input into getting the best return for the Western Australian community on this funding," Wandel says.

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