Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan
Agricultural Freight Strategy Sets Course For Future Needs In Western Australia
Victor P Taffa
- Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy outlines priority projects for agricultural freight infrastructure in key agricultural regions
- Projects to improve freight productivity and Western Australia’s regional agricultural supply chains
- Strategy to guide future policy and investment decisions, and complements Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road upgrades program
- McGowan Government election commitment to boost freight and trade efficiency
Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight (RARF) Strategy has been released today (June 29), setting the direction for future investment in freight infrastructure in the key agricultural regions of Western Australia.
“RARF Strategy is a blueprint for strategic investment for agricultural infrastructure in our WA regions, underpinning the agricultural sector in our State.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Work has already started with industry on progressing project packages, with the State Government working with CBH and Arc Infrastructure to progress business cases for Tier 1 and Tier 2 railway packages identified as a priority in this strategy.”
Strategy provides a framework and consolidated project packages that prioritise future investment in road, rail, intermodal and port infrastructure projects for the next 10 to 15 years in the key agricultural regions of the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance.
“With the agricultural and food sector representing about 10 % of Western Australia’s economy, we need to ensure our crucial transport supply chains continue to improve, helping our key regional agricultural areas prepare for future growth and ensure we have a diverse and robust economy.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.
“Strategy addresses the key challenges faced when transporting grain, livestock, hay, and will help improve infrastructure, freight productivity and safety on our freight supply networks, enhancing the international competitiveness of Western Australia products.”
Proposed 20 priority project packages are specifically aimed at addressing challenges relating to the need to improve rail infrastructure, establish intermodal terminals, undertake targeted road network investment, increase heavy vehicle access and improve regulatory efficiency.
Feedback received on the draft RARF Strategy, which was released for public comment in June 2019, has resulted in the inclusion of a more comprehensive list of road project priorities and a more targeted list of projects on the Tier 1 and Tier 2 rail networks.
RARF Strategy complements the recently launched Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road program which aims to improve road reliability and ensure crucial supply chains continue to improve.