Oct 21, 2009

NSW Grain Review report released

NSW Grain Review report released

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 21 2009

The Australian Government has today released the final report from the NSW Grain Freight Review Taskforce – an important milestone towards making sure farmers can continue to get their produce to markets both here and overseas.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said the review, conducted by former deputy chair of the National Transport Commission Des Powell, assessed the current state of the road and rail infrastructure underpinning the operation of the State’s grain industry.

“Based on this assessment, Mr Powell and colleagues have put forward eighteen recommendations designed to safeguard the industry’s future access to reliable, well maintained freight transport infrastructure,” said Mr Albanese.

“A copy of the report has been provided to the NSW Government for their consideration, given they own much of the infrastructure and have responsibility for its day-to-day operations.

“I understand they will be responding in the near future.

“I have also submitted the report to Infrastructure Australia asking them to consider it as they develop both the National Port Strategy and National Freight Network Strategy. We are determined to get the long term planning right and not repeat the mistakes of the past.”

Mr Burke said: “This report delivers on an election promise and provides a new focus for long-term planning for grain transport.”

The NSW grains industry is a critical part of the national economy. Each year NSW farmers produce between five and six million tonnes of grain for our domestic and export markets.

A copy of the Report can be downloaded from: www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au/publications/reports/index.aspx.