LACK OF TRAINS A PROBLEM
A PRIVATE investor has told a parliamentary committee one of the problems facing the government’s plan to move agriculture products across the state using the rail network was a “distinct lack of trains”.
The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee has been tasked with investigating options available to the agricultural and livestock industries in a bid to get them using rail instead of road.
GrainX Australia CEO Chris Hood said on Monday the only company that had the capacity to move agriculture products via rail was generally unwilling to do so.
He said his Allora-based company was in a position to do so if it could get access to trains.
“There is huge potential under this proposal,” he said.
“There is no shortage of agriculture products that can be moved by rail instead of trucks.
“However, there is a distinct lack of trains available in Queensland to carry the stock.
“Currently Aurizon is the only company in the state with the capacity and means to transport agriculture freight, but they are not interested in it.”
The committee has a June 10 deadline to deliver its findings to the Queensland parliament.