New era for Victorian grain growers
Story Added : 09th June 2011
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the project is vital in maintaining Victoria's competitiveness in the grain export market.
"The new freight terminal is critical for the Wimmera Mallee region – one of the world's largest grain, pulse and oilseed growing regions – which exports 60 per cent of its products," Mr Mulder said.
Visiting the site today, Nationals MP Lowan Hugh Delahunty said the terminal will provide the necessary infrastructure to enable the region to more efficiently handle its grain harvest, which is estimated at more than 2.5 million tonnes in 2010.
"The new 23.5ha terminal at Dooen will provide a central location for grain storage facilities and grain export processors, improve access to freight depots, grain silos and processing plants," Mr Delahunty said.
"The facility will be able to process up to 18,600 containers within five to six years – more than twice the number of containers handled at the existing Horsham facility.”