I know quite a few people at the port and none are "anti rail".
Next train tomorrow and the last (of this lot) on Sunday.
I'm not convinced.
Myself and others had dealings at CEO and board level in the past and they definitely were not helpful in facilitating a shift from road to rail, even arrogant to a degree.
I agree it is possible those people may no longer be there, but the damage was done back then and changes in logistics and infrastructure since means there is little to no chance of change.
Perhaps while we're pointing the bone at a few people, GrainCorp should get a mention too, was about 5 years ago they shut a lot of their small sites and revamped some others but nothing was done at Portland.
I suppose to be fair, I don't know how they are positioned in regard to the Port Authority, may be they aren't allowed to develop their site but it is really a surprise to me that they continue to use the site, given the arduous work practices involved. Having said that, they continue to use the Lillimuir site which is equally as prehistoric in it's operation.
And by the sound of their news letter a while back, they are happy to forge along with both.
While I'm on a lecturing platform, Geelong could really do with sharpening the pencil with their grain delivery volumes also, if they want to remain competitive with Port Kembla as far as grain deliveries from Southern NSW.
Here endeth the epistle !