GPSA calls for more investment in EP roads

Feb 26, 2019

Grain Producers SA is calling for increased investment in the Eyre Peninsula road network following today’s announcement that Viterra would be transitioning to road-only transport of grain as of June 2019.

GPSA chief executive officer Caroline Rhodes said she would be seeking a detailed briefing from Viterra on how it plans to manage the enormous freight task exclusively by road.

“The grain export port terminal located at Port Lincoln is a critical piece of infrastructure for the South Australian grains industry,” she said.

“It is highly sought after by grain exporters with an annual shipping capacity of more than two million tonnes and its location in a natural deep harbour means it can easily accommodate Panamax sized vessels. 

“It is in Viterra’s commercial interest to see this port remain competitive as new entrants begin to operate in the region.”

Together with Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, GPSA met with regional Viterra staff at the Port Lincoln terminal last month to better understand the impact of the potential closure of rail services and the capacity to manage additional road movements at the site.

“We will work with local MP Peter Treloar and the Hon Stephan Knoll MP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, in developing a solution that improves the EP road freight network,” she said.

“We will also engage with DPTI to ensure the EP road network is capable of handling an increase in heavy vehicle movements, including road train combinations. 

“Increased grain truck movements on the EP must be safely accommodated for all road users.

“As an industry, GPSA on behalf of growers will help local government manage the potential impact on the community.”

“To remain globally competitive, it is essential that Eyre Peninsula growers continue to access the most efficient and cost-effective export supply chain.” 

In addition, GPSA is calling for a state-wide infrastructure blueprint for the grains industry to assist long-term planning and target government funding to improve export pathways.   

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