NEW GRAIN PLAN NEEDED
JUNE 13, 2019 . WEST COAT SENTINEL . LAUREN DINNING
Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) have supported an appeal to the state government and Grain Producers SA (GPSA) to develop a new plan for grain storage, handling and logistics on the Eyre Peninsula.
The Eyre Peninsula Bulk Handling Cooperative (EPCBH) first called for urgent leadership and action to develop a comprehensive strategic framework in the wake of the closure of Viterra’s rail contract and the closure of some silo storage sites.
EPCBH chairperson and grain producer Bruce Heddle wrote to Member for Flinders Peter Treloar requesting immediate action in light of recent closures, various port proposals, new bunker facilities and road impacts.
“We are dealing with lots of different issues at once,” he said.
“There are complex interactions with the closure of the rail, ageing infrastructure, and the state government investment into roads – it all needs a big picture look.
“Once again, we are asking that the state government and GPSA show leadership and allocate the appropriate resources to put in place a plan that can confer some certainty, so that all of the industry and government can invest and pursue increased efficiencies with confidence.”
Mr Heddle said while GPSA were conducting a statewide blueprint for grain handling and logistics, the Eyre Peninsula’s issues were more “pressing”.