THis quote is dated.... Posted: 11 Nov 2010 22:19
I won't repeat my post from last night...see http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11356348-s60.htm Only to confirm that in the "Media Release Tuesday 18th May 2010 RELEASE OF GRAINCORP 2010 / 11 HARVEST FREIGHT RATES GrainCorp today released a comprehensive list of rail and road freight rates that will be used by the company when bidding for grain at GrainCorp sites during the 2010 / 11 harvest. " Dookie was listed as a 'costed' site DOOKIE ST..(Sub Terminal) ... Geelong...(Port Elevator Zone)...$ 27.65 per tonne (Wheat) as mentioned over in the "Portland thread" the GRAINCORP 2010 / 11 HARVEST FREIGHT RATES pdf file was changed on August 23, 2010 (when GrainCorp could see they needed Portland to move grain) format changed a bit... DOOKIE ST..... Rail.....(Method to applicable port elevator)...$ 27.65 per tonne Soooo GrainCorp have either been promised that Dookie will be available for rail (or they have been pressuring VicTrack to open it ?) since May 2010.
There is a Senate committee....Operational issues in export grain networksHome
In the below document is some info provided by GrainCorp to questions raised by Senator Nash....refr page 36 of (PDF TOTAL) 45 pages.
"Answers to questions taken on notice in Canberra, ACT on 20 February 2012" (PDF 912KB)
ie this info replicates & updates the "quoted" info...I am pretty sure the first column should read 29/6/11...ie freight rates calculated on the last day of the finacial year to be current for the 2011-12 financial year.
WHT means wheat rate ....BAR barley ie...less dense cereal grains which on rail generate a higher rail freight rate per ton as a wagon "full" of barley (in a cubic sense) is not upto the max weight of a grain wagon....hence the Barley rate per ton to Port is typically (for rail 15 to 16 %) greater than for wheat. ( ie rail wagons (certaily the older models) were designed to cart a "full" wagon of wheat).
If grain is carted direct to Port by truck eg DOOKIE @ present... this difference is irrelevant as a semi trailer/B Double tipping body trailer has the cubic capacity to cart a full legal load of the less dense (Barley) cereal grain..so the rate for Barley or wheat is $22 per ton...as indicated above.
What the above two sets of figure suggest to me is that it is $5 per ton cheaper to cart by road ($22) compared to the indicated
"rail" figure ($27.65) (even though no Dookie grain trains ran in 2010).
(GrainCorp have also equalised their freight rates so that Geelong rate = Melbourne (Sunshine) terminal.... so if most trucks in 2011/12 only run to Melbourne we are comparing road with a shorter haul. ???)