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Grain Producers SA represents the interests of growers by making submissions on issues that will affect the future of the grain industry.

Issues Faced by Primary Producers Inquiry

11 December 2017

Grain Producers SA responded to the Economic and Finance Committee of the South Australian Parliament Inquiry into Issues Faced by Primary Producers.

GPSA was represented at a hearing of the committee by CEO Darren Arney, board directors Garry Hansen and Wade Dabinett, industry representatives Chris Heinjus and Mark Modra; and GPSA policy officer Shane Gale, all of whom raised several supply chain issues on behalf of grain producers, including:

  • Storage and handling and port provider that also has significant dominance in the marketing and exporting of SA grain.
  • The South Australian ports access regime.
  • Primary Industry Funding Schemes (Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund) Regulations 2017
  • Protected industrial action undertaken by the Maritime Union at the Flinders Adelaide container terminal.

Based on evidence received during the Inquiry, the committee concluded that some South Australian primary producers face issues that affect their ability to supply competitively in their respective supply chains. The full recommendations are explained in this update from GPSA. Visit the Economic and Finance Comittee website to read other submissions, including from Primary Producers SA.

Download the GPSA Submission

Download the Inquiry's final report

Download EFC Hearing Hansard

Semaphore Container Services exemption application

11 July 2017

GPSA supported an exemption for Semaphore Container Services to have access to Inner Harbour, citing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's draft view that it would not be detrimental to competition in markets.

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Inquiry into South Australian bulk grain supply chain costs

30 May 2017

Submissions to the Essential Services Commission of SA review of bulk grain supply chain costs closed on Friday, 12 May 2017. Its purpose is to determine the "reasonableness of the costs underpinning the South Australian bulk grain supply chain", including the costs over the past 10 years and providing options to address any inefficiencies identified.

Download the GPSA submission

Find out more about the inquiry at the ESCOSA website

Leading Practice Mining Acts Review

13 April 2017

GPSA responded to the review of SA's mining laws, conducted by the Department of State Development. The submission focuses on measures that will increase the rights of grain producers as landowners and protect valuable grain growing land with its long-term benefits for future generations.

Read a three-page summary of the submission

Download the full submission

Proposed National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice

10 April 2017

A National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project team has been investigating creation of a National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice. GPSA provided a submission outlining examples of dimensions of agricultural vehicles sold in SA.

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