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VFF backs $5.65 million rail investment in Geelong Grain Exports

A major upgrade to Graincorp’s Geelong grain terminal will take 20,000 trucks off the road and bring 500 extra grain trains into the port each year. The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) welcome the $5.65 million rail upgrade – funded by the State Government, Graincorp, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). Track improvements will allow trains to carry more grain, which will increase the proportion of grain arriving at the port by rail by up to 50 per cent. “We’d expect the benefits of this upgrade to flow back to grain growers in the form of lower rail freight costs,” VFF Grains president Andrew Weidemann said. Automated signalling will allow 24 hour rail operation at Geelong and will improve grain turnaround times by 12 hours. “The VFF strongly supports investment by the government in rail services, as it’s the most effective and efficient method of moving our bulk commodities to port,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said. “The VFF is part of the government’s Grain Industry Logistics Taskforce that highlighted the need to increase the capacity of the Geelong grain loop. Mr Tuohey, who sits on the taskforce, said it was a positive outcome for the taskforce and all grain growers. “The upgrade is crucial to maintaining our role as Asia’s food bowl and meeting the Victorian Government’s goal of doubling food and fibre production by 2030. “We encourage continued investment by the government in rail services and Graincorp in its upcountry storage and handling system.”

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