VFF calling for upgrades
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says more funding is needed to ensure Victoria’s crumbling regional road and rail freight infrastructure can cope with future increased freight as this season’s bumper grain harvest highlights the network’s shortfalls.
VFF Grains Group President Ashley Fraser said a recent ABARES report has forecast this season’s harvest to be one of the largest the industry has seen.
“We’re expecting the second largest grain harvest in Victoria’s history.”
“While this is a fantastic result for growers and our regional economy, it will no doubt put immense pressure on our already strained regional road and rail freight networks as it goes from paddock to market.”
“Regional roads continue to crumble and freight trains crawl to port at a huge cost to industry.”
“Our freight rail network is critically under-maintained and urgently needed Murray Basin Rail Project is already two years overdue,” Mr Fraser said.