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Australia’s leading grains marketer, AWB Limited, has welcomed today’s historic announcement by the Victorian Government to allow open access across Victoria’s standard and broad gauge rail network.
AWB Limited’s Chief Executive Andrew Lindberg said the previously closed access regime had limited AWB’s ability to reduce transport costs back to growers.
“The introduction of an independent train on the standard gauge lines in Western Victoria to transport grain from our storage site at Dimboola to the Port of Melbourne has already seen cost savings of up to $3 a tonne for growers in that area.
“If other independent transport operators are able to provide a service to companies like AWB Limited on the Victorian branchline network, we could see these levels of cost savings passed back to growers throughout Victoria.
“This is a very positive move towards reducing supply chain costs and we congratulate the Victorian Government for making this decision.
“This decision also allows independent transport operators carting AWB grain to access port terminals other than the Melbourne Port such as Geelong and Portland, which could see further savings for growers in the western districts,” he said.
Mr Lindberg said AWB would now explore new opportunities for transporting grain on the Victorian rail network.
owever he said AWB would still be working closely with Freight Australia to secure savings for growers.
“While we are extremely supportive of this decision, AWB will still operate in close consultation with Victoria’s major freight transport company, Freight Australia, to negotiate transport arrangements on behalf of Victorian growers,” said Mr Lindberg.
For further information contact Jo O’Connell in AWB Public Affairs on (03) 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250.