Grain Producers SA (GPSA) is calling on grain producers and those involved in the supply chain to nominate a road they believe needs priority attention as part of the ‘worst grain roads’ campaign launched today.
Grain Producers SA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said every day the grain industry in South Australia relies on roads to move grain, people, services and goods.
“The South Australian grains industry is a significant economic contributor generating over $3 billion in gross industry revenue and employing 23,000 people directly,” said Mr Perry.
“This campaign will help us identify the state’s worst grain roads so we can highlight the routes in most need of repair, ensuring future funding is prioritised to the places that need it most to maintain safe and efficient transport for the grain sector.
“The road network in South Australia is managed by a combination of state, federal and local governments and we know there are significant funds allocated to road repairs and upgrades.
“Through the ‘Worst Grain Roads’ campaign we want to focus on the roads and freight routes that growers and industry identify as needing urgent attention.
“With the cessation of rail freight in many parts of South Australia’s grain regions, there is much more pressure on our regional road networks and it’s important that GPSA has a definitive priority list of where the industry would like to see investment.
“Based on the entries into the ‘Worst Grain Roads’ website, we will release a priority list of roads the grain industry in South Australia believes should be prioritised for upgrade or repair. “If you can safely take a photo of the condition of the nominated road, we are encouraging that photo to also be submitted as part of the campaign”.
GPSA will also be travelling across South Australia meeting with grain producers and key industry stakeholders discussing roads and infrastructure as part of the campaign.
You will be able to enter your worst grain road at www.worstgrainroadssa.com.au until September 30, 2022.
Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.
For interviews, contact Brad Perry, GPSA CEO, on 0418 619 907