24 August 2012
Today’s launch of the Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) Group’s new rail fleet to support Western Australia’s $5 billion grains industry is another major step in the modernisation of the Western Australian grain rail network.
Representing Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Brand, Gary Gray, congratulated CBH Group on its investment and applauded its confidence in the future of the WA grains industry.
As Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, Mr Gray led inquiries into WA’s grain freight network which led to significant rail upgrades in WA.
“Following this review, the Federal Labor Government was able to commit funding, to assist with the upgrading of the State’s grain rail network,” Mr Gray said.
“CBH’s investment of $175 million in its new fleet complements the $135 million Federal Labor is investing in WA’s grain lines. These improvements will ensure effective rail carriage of the majority of the region’s export grain for the next 10-15 years.
“I commend CBH for this investment in the future of the both the rail and grains industry in WA.”
The WA grain rail upgrade involves more than 1,200 kilometres of railway through the Wheatbelt regions and will see the upgrade of the Great South Railway (GSR) from Avon to Redmond, Kwinana North zone lines and Albany zone lines that link terminus points at Hyden and Newdegate with the GSR at Wagin.This all forms part of the biggest Federally-funded capital works program in almost a century. Already Federal Labor has lifted rail spending tenfold to $12.2 billion over the eleven years to 2018-19.
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