The grain industry underpins the economy of a large number of Local Governments in the south west of Western Australia.  An efficient grain supply chain is critical to the success of the industry, and road freight is an important component of the chain.  Providing appropriate road infrastructure, and effective management of the road access regime, are critical issues.

Local Government Agricultural Freight Group

Terms of Reference for the Group are:

Objectives

  1. To achieve an integrated road/rail network to support the agricultural freight task.
  2. To facilitate the development of local government policy and capacity for a coordinated efficient approach to the use of roads by heavy vehicles in the agricultural freight task.
  3. To provide input to the Western Australian Local Government Association on the agricultural freight task.
  4. To provide a forum to promote and advocate an understanding of the issues associated with local roads supporting the agricultural freight task.
  5. To advocate a community and industry understanding of the issues associated with the agricultural freight task.
The following Councillors are members of the Local Government Agricultural Freight Group:
 
Chair Cr Rod Forsyth Shire of Kellerberrin
Avon-Midland Country Zone
Delegate Cr Barry Haywood Shire of Goomalling
Delegate Cr Steven Pollard Shire of Northam
Central Country Zone
Delegate Cr Katrina Crute Shire of Brookton
Delegate Cr Phil Blight Shire of Wagin
Great Eastern Country Zone
Delegate Cr Rhonda Cole Shire of Narembeen
Delegate Cr Julie Flockart Shire of Merredin
Great Southern Country Zone
Delegate Cr Russel Thomson Shire of Woodanilling
Delegate Cr Scott Crosby Shire of Kent

Local Government Grain Freight Network Heavy Vehicle Strategic Pathway Mapping and Access Policy

WALGA commissioned Cardno to engage with Local Governments, Main Roads WA, the Department of Transport and relevant Regional Development Commissions to develop a Local Government policy framework pertaining to the grain freight task on Local Government roads.

This policy framework was intended to consistently limit access along Local Government roads and to promote routes from the point of origin to the nearest Main Road or viable railhead for the purpose of bin-to-bin and bin-to-port freight transport.

The full report, including appendices, is available here.

Strategic Grain Network Review

The Strategic Grain Network Review (SGNR), released in December 2009, provided a blueprint for WA's grain freight network.  The Review categorised rail used for grain freight into Tier 1, 2 and 3 lines and recommended that Tier 3 rail lines be closed.  It outlined investment priorities for roads that are inadequate for the current grain freight task and for roads that would see significant tonnage transported due to Tier 3 rail closure.

Based on the SGNR, an investment program for Tier 1 and 2 rail lines has been developed.

Approximately $41.8M has been allocated to local roads to upgrade 264km of roads and $49.75M to State Roads.  Main Roads WA is managing the delivery of the roads program, in conjunction with Local Governments, over the next four years.

The full report can be accessed here.