The grain industry underpins the economy of a large number of Local Governments in the south west of Western Australia.  An efficient grain suppply 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 Grain Freight Infrastructure Group

The following Councillors are members of the Local Government Grain Freight Infrastructure Group:
Avon-Midland Country Zone
Zone Delegate Cr Ken Seymour Shire of Moora
Deputy Delegate Cr Jan Court Shire of Gingin
Executive Officer Mr Robert Dew  
Central Country Zone
Delegate Cr Katrina Crute Shire of Brookton
Executive Officer Mr Bruce Wittber  
East Metropolitan Zone
Delegate Cr Sue Bilich Shire of Kalamunda
Great Eastern Country Zone
Delegate Cr Rod Forsyth Shire of Kellerberrin
Executive Officer Ms Helen Westcott  
Great Southern Country Zone
Delegate Cr Keith House Shire of Gnowangerup
Executive Officer Ms Annabelle Paulley  
Northern Country Zone
Delegate Cr Karen Chappel Shire of Morawa
Executive Officer Mr Murray Brown  
South Metropolitan Zone
Delegate Cr Sam Wainwright City of Fremantle
Deputy Cr Tim Barling City of Melville

Grain Road Transport

Provision of the appropriate road infrastructure, effective management of the road access regime, road management and operational arrangements, are essential for the efficient transportation of grain.  Key stakeholders including the Department of Transport, Main Roads WA, WALGA, Co-operative Bulk Handling and Bunge Agribusiness work together to facilitate strategic and operational outcomes that are in the best interests of all Western Australians.

A link to the Grain Road Transport, Joint Management and Operations Framework document can be found here.

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.