Despite calls from WA’s largest agricultural advocacy body, Brookfield Rail has ordered the forced removal of the CBH rail fleet from the State’s grain freight rail network overnight.
The interim access agreement expired last night as attempts by CBH to reach an arrangement with Brookfield Rail proved unsuccessful.
Negotiations were hindered by Brookfield Rail’s decision to seek an increase of access rates by up to 30 per cent – a rise which WA grain growers cannot afford.
WAFarmers President Dale Park said removing CBH’s access to the rail network will impact heavily on the reputation of WA’s grains industry and the livelihood of its growers.
“Carting grain to port by rail is the most efficient and economic means for transport in this State.
“Our members will suffer because of Brookfield’s ridiculous demands,” Mr Park said.
WAFarmers urges Brookfield Rail to grant CBH an extension on current terms so that grain growers in this State are not adversely affected.
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