WA rural rail supporters hail committee findings


State Government urged to move quickly in the face of deteriorating infrastructure

WA rural rail supporters hail committee findings
Struggling grain rail is backed

 

The Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) has backed the Economics and Industry Standing Committee on its report on the management of the Western Australian freight rail network.

The parliamentary committee was tasked with re-examining moves to rationalise the network that have attracted much heat in rural areas.

A key finding was the Brookfield Rail be allowed access to so-called Tier 3 lines.

"The Alliance has consistently maintained that the closure of rail and the management of the Rail Lease Agreement have a massive impact on Local Government budgets, road safety and the viability of the grains industry of WA," it says.

The Committee’s findings vindicate the Alliance’s statements and concerns of recent years.

The Alliance is delighted that at last there is recognition by the State Parliamentary Committee that ‘The Strategic Grain Network Report is no longer an appropriate document on which to base Western Australia’s Grain Freight Policy’ and that there has been a Call for the Strategy to be reviewed.

"The recognition that the closure of Tier 3 Lines amounts to cost shifting on the part of the State Government to local government is considered long overdue."

"The Alliance supports the call for a review and quantifying of the cost of maintaining the state and local road network impacted by the Strategic Grain Freight Network."

It urged the State Government to respond quickly to the report due to the chronic deterioration of roads and remaining tracks and the impending harvest.

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