Grain infrastructure blueprint needed: GPSA

Grain infrastructure blueprint needed: GPSA

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GPSA is calling for a state-wide infrastructure blueprint for the grain industry.

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Grain Producers SA welcomes the State Government announcement that it will allocate $25.6 million to upgrading roads on the lower Eyre Peninsula, following the release of the EP Freight Study.

The funding is part of a broader $100m package from the Federal Government to upgrade the SA section of the Port Augusta to Perth corridor.

But GPSA chief executive officer Caroline Rhodes reiterated GPSA's call for a state-wide infrastructure blueprint for the grain industry.

"GPSA thanks Transport Minister Stephan Knoll for a swift response following Viterra's decision in February that it would be transitioning to road-only transport of grain," she said.

"I would also like to thank Member for Flinders Peter Treloar for working with GPSA on this issue.

"While this funding package is great news for EP growers, GPSA believes a state-wide infrastructure blueprint for the grain industry is necessary to enable long-term planning and better targeted government funding.

"This will improve export pathways and ensure growers across the state continue to have access to the largest possible range of markets across the world for their grain.

"While we believe it is critical both growers and government understand the impact of the potential closure of rail services and the capacity to manage additional road movements in the future, long-term infrastructure planning must extend to the entire state."

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Ms Rhodes said a blueprint would help SA growers remain globally competitive.

"SA has an excellent reputation for providing clean, premium agricultural products and working closely with trading partners to ensure their needs are met," she said.

"For this reason, grain supply chains and enabling infrastructure must be designed to meet both customer demand and market access requirements which may change according to seasonal conditions and international trade dynamics."​

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