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Hon Terry Redman MLA

    Major new investment in WA grains industry

    Friday, 24 August 2012
    • $175million new grain rail fleet unveiled
    • CBH invests in 22 new locomotives and 574 wagons
    • State Govt contributes $188m replacing line sleepers/upgrading sidings
    Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman today welcomed CBH Group’s new rail fleet to support Western Australia’s $5billion grains industry.

    CBH Group officially unveiled the new fleet at its Metropolitan Grain Centre in Forrestfield.

    “CBH Group’s investment of $175million into 574 purpose-built wagons and 22 locomotives clearly demonstrates its confidence in the future of the WA grains industry,” Mr Redman said.

    “This investment, combined with a State Government contribution of $187.9million to help replace line sleepers and upgrade rail sidings, will ensure WA has the infrastructure needed to efficiently move grain from the regions to our ports and then to vital export markets.”

    The Minister said the Liberal-National Government was committed to improving the long-term profitability and resilience of the State’s agriculture and food industry.

    “As the majority of WA’s grain is exported, the more we can reduce costs in the supply chain the better the on-farm return will be for growers.  This ensures a more profitable and sustainable sector,” he said.

    In 2011-12, the WA grains industry was valued at $5billion with more than 80 per cent of grain exported.

    WA is the nation’s biggest grain-producing State, accounting for about 40 per cent of Australia’s production and 50 per cent of national grain exports.
          Fact File
    • Average harvest in WA is 10 million tonnes of cereals, oilseeds and pulses
    • 2011-12 season broke record harvest - more than 15 million tonnes delivered
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