Government response a disappointment

WAFarmers is extremely disappointed with the State Government’s response to the Economic and Industry Standing Committee Report into the management of Western Australia’s Freight Rail network.

WAFarmers President Dale Park says this response demonstrates the Government’s lack of respect for the considerable efforts of Mr Blayney and the rest of the Committee.

“The Committee worked hard to find solutions and made some good recommendations which the Government has taken almost no notice of,” Mr Park said.

“Government policy on this issue is obviously in tatters and even Minister Nalder has admitted the Strategic Grain Network Report is out of date.

“Given the current state of the roads, as a result of the Tier 3 rail line closures, this is of grave concern,” Mr Park said.  

The Shire of Cunderdin recently closed the Cunderdin – Quairading Road to heavy vehicles after an inspection revealed that the road had sustained damage to the surface and sub-surface from continual heavy movements of road trains. 

The Council stated on their website that they believe the damage “is an extreme safety hazard for other vehicular traffic on the road which includes school bus and many light vehicles.”

“The State Government might not think they have a responsibility to look after rail in WA but they obviously have a responsibility towards the road,” Mr Park said.  

Ends.

All media requests can be directed to WAFarmers Media and Communications Officer Sophie Kilby on (08) 9486 2100 or [email protected].

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