This is from the media, release and a few interesting statement's.The upgrade will allow the Murray Basin region to increase exports to Victoria’s major ports in Portland
, Geelong and Melbourne.
I have felt that the Port of Portland has been totally underutilised and the last time i mentioned it, I think it was Bingley, who seemed to have a bit of inside knowledge of the working, there, said the operators at Portland, seemed to be not particularly interested in the export of grain.
So I wonder, with the above statement, are the Govt going to offer some sort of incentive or perhaps subsidy, to increase export volumes or was it just a sound good, full of hot air statement ?
Quotes attributable to Feral Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester
“Once the Murray Basin Rail Project is completed, trains on the freight network will be able to carry more product, more often.”
“There will be huge benefits to the Australian economy, with the project supporting an increase in competition between the three ports
and operators of freight trains and increasing export volumes to overseas markets.”
Again, he specifically says, competition between the three ports.
Quotes attributable to Victorian Acting Minister for Pubic Transport Luke Donnellan
"This huge project will make it easier for primary producers to get their goods to market -- boosting exports, supporting local jobs and growing our regional economy.”
“This project will create more than 400 jobs at peak construction, with at least 15 per cent of this workforce being recruited from the Murray Basin region.”
Nice piece of chest beating.
So we will see some action shortly and watch it all unfold.