Started by ozbob, October 18, 2015, 03:32:29 AM
QuoteA REFUSAL by the State Government to improve railway facilities is threatening more than 500 badly-needed new jobs for a Queensland country town.The Oakey Beef processing plant on the Darling Downs plans to double its production, taking the workforce from 750 to 1300.Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said it would be "a very significant boost to the economy" in the 4000-population town and surrounding areas.He's been joined in forming a lobby group by nine other mayors in south-western Queensland's cattle corridor, who believe their areas would also benefit.Oakey Beef's Japanese owners are preparing to invest $60 million on the project.But they want the State Government to stump up $2.5 million – with a request going to the Federal Government for a similar amount – to reopen the railways sidings at Oakey, to enable trains to deliver cattle there and load up with packaged meat to take to Brisbane for export ...More > http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/railway-upgrade-failure-a-threat-to-new-jobs-at-oakey-beef/story-fnihsrf2-1227572801215
QuoteQUEENSLAND Rail is replacing the more than 100-year-old Oakey Creek Rail Bridge with a more durable, reliable and easy-to-maintain concrete structure.A QR spokesman said the bridge was a key piece of infrastructure for the region, used by all coal traffic travelling from South West Queensland to the Port of Brisbane."The $3.4 million investment will ensure the western line continues to perform safely and reliably," the spokesman said."Geotechnical investigations, hydrology modelling and environmental and cultural heritage surveys were completed and, following a competitive tender process, the contract to replace the bridge was awarded to Davbridge Constructions in June 2015."Work started on site in July and preparations are underway for the new structure's installation, including concreting, piling and delivering plant and equipment to site.A new work site has also been established adjacent to the rail corridor in Kent St where the new bridge deck spans will be pre-assembled.The removal of the old bridge and installation of the new structure took place over a 60-hour period at the long weekend within a scheduled closure of the western rail line.The replacement bridge will be built on the existing alignment and the current rail height will be maintained.The spokesman said QR continued to work closely with Toowoomba Regional Council to ensure the project aligned with council's strategic requirements and any disruptions to the local community would be kept to a minimum wherever possible."To ensure the safety of the local community a section of Kent St, which runs underneath the current bridge, is currently closed however traffic management measures are currently in place."
QuoteAustralia's third largest beef processor says its $60 million meatworks expansion will not go ahead unless the Queensland Government pays for a small railway upgrade.Oakey Beef Exports on Queensland's Darling Downs wants to source more cattle from south-west Queensland to almost double the amount it processes to about 11,500 per week.It could take its workforce from 750 to 1,300.From January, the company will be able to access the western rail service, joining competitors JBS and Teys Australia.However, without a $2 million upgrade to two sidings, graziers will not be able to load and unload cattle to Oaky Beef Exports.General manager Pat Gleeson said it should not be up to Oakey Beef Exports parent company, Nippon Ham, to foot the bill."Their position is that they're happy to invest a lot of money here, which we've already got the plans for and we're ready to go," he said."Our position is we will not be funding a state-owned asset."Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the State Government would not pay."That really is up to a private sector proponent to provide so that's why we're talking about a business case for that actual piece of infrastructure," Ms Trad said.Oakey Beef Exports has the support of a newly formed coalition of southern Queensland mayors."There's no point having a rail unless you have the capacity to use it," Quilpie Mayor Stuart Mackenzie said.They went to Canberra last week to lobby the Federal Government to chip in, meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.A spokesman for Mr Truss said no funding commitment has been made but it will look at ways the project can be progressed.
QuoteThe Queensland Government is being lobbied hard by Darling Downs mayors for $2 million to upgrade a rundown rail siding that would trigger a $60 million abattoir expansion, create an extra 700 jobs and a new beef export market in Asia.Refrigerated beef from Darling Downs and western Queensland could be flown direct into Asian cities from Toowoomba's new Wellcamp Airport.However it depends on the Queensland Government providing around $2 million to improve the rundown Queensland Rail siding at Oakey and assurances from beef producers for extra cattle.If the rail siding upgrade – a few hundred metres from the Oakey Beef Exports abattoir - gets state government approval, it could open the door to a doubling of beef cattle through the abattoir.Oakey Beef Exports general manager Pat Gleeson said the plant could double cattle handling from 270,000 head of cattle to 560,000 head each year, from west of Mitchell towards Quilpie.Mr Gleeson said expanding the refrigerated beef exports through Toowoomba's Wellcamp was "absolutely realistic."More > http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/stakes-are-high-for-queensland-beef-cattle-export-boon-to-asia-20160316-gnkum7.html
Quote from: SurfRail on March 17, 2016, 14:36:23 PMI'm struggling to work out why they can't undertake commercial lending to fund it themselves if the return is that good.
QuoteTHE company behind a $235 million rail transfer station in the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub says an upgrade of rail infrastructure is the first step in creating 10,000 jobs.InterLinkSQ welcomed the announcement that the State Government will spend $2.5 million to re-open the rail siding at Oakey, as well as the upgrade of two additional sidings at Morven and Mitchell.It wants to transfer freight to the Port of Brisbane and has long been calling for upgrades to the rail line. InterlinkSQ is hoping to capitalise on the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line and the fast-growing eastern seaboard.InterLinkSQ chief exectuive officer Michelle Reynolds said in making the announcement Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe re-affirmed the Queensland Government's commitment to rail freight and in particular those projects that created jobs and supported economic growth."That's really pleasing to hear because it fits in with our goals," she said."Finally, the government is putting some action behind the rhetoric of 'freight on rail'."An independent assessment of job creation potential from our InterLinkSQ inter-modal transport development at Charlton puts the figure at as many as 10,000 jobs nationwide."RELATED >> 4000 jobs coming to Toowoomba as rail line expandsMs Reynolds said the planned hub would allow businesses to streamline their existing operations, as well as developing new product lines which could then be transported easily all over Australia, and to global markets."With access to the Port of Brisbane and potentially to the Port of Melbourne when the inland rail is built, InterLinkSQ will be a pivotal hub in transport along the fast growing Eastern Seaboard," she said.Current economic predictions forecast population growth along the eastern seaboard to increase by 50% from today's base by 2030 and doubling by 2060 resulting in an exponential growth in the freight task.Ms Reynolds said rail freight would have to play a key role in ensuring highways did not become overcrowded by semi-trailers at a cost to both road safety and the environment."This is not a fight between rail and road though," she said. "InterLinkSQ sees rail working hand-in-glove with road freight, that is huge amounts of cargo being shifted by rail - it's amazing how much you can fit on a freight train - to inter-modal hubs and from there taken on shorter trips by road to their final destination."Tie in the link to the ports and through InterLinkSQ, Queensland and Australia will have one of the most efficient methods of distributing freight anywhere in the world."At InterLinkSQ we are about not just meeting existing world standards, but bettering them."The next step will be upgrading 11 tunnels between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane.InterLinkSQ has been involved in detailed discussions with the Queensland Government to make that a reality.International container shipping companies are generally phasing out smaller containers in favour of larger ones.The issue facing the producers on the Darling Downs is that Toowoomba Range rail tunnels can only fit the smaller containers.Ms Reynolds said if the upgrades didn't take place it would become increasingly difficult for Darling Downs exporters to get access to old containers.But she's hopeful the upgrades will take place soon."Once that is done InterLinkSQ is off and running in doing the very things that Minister Hinchliffe wants to see, the development of rail freight in Queensland, the creation of new jobs and ongoing economic growth," Ms Reynolds said.
Quote from: Stillwater on August 18, 2016, 14:50:42 PMWe should save this quote from Mr Hinchliffe for future reference: "Queensland Rail prides itself on being a good neighbour in the community.."Okay, what about being a good neighbour re coal dust on coal trains, for example. Any other examples of QR's need to be a "good neighbour"?
Saying hello to first cattle train Oakey Beef rail siding @StirlHinchliffe @BillByrneMP #agchatoz @AgForceQLD @TSBEnterprise @abcrothers pic.twitter.com/igNEAV3I5K— Anna Campbell (@annahaycampbell) November 30, 2016
Saying hello to first cattle train Oakey Beef rail siding @StirlHinchliffe @BillByrneMP #agchatoz @AgForceQLD @TSBEnterprise @abcrothers pic.twitter.com/igNEAV3I5K
Transport Min Stirling Hinchliffe and Agriculture Min applaud first cattle train to Oakey in 23 years on $2.5m siding pic.twitter.com/cH96AWHio7— Tony Moore (@eastTMoore) November 30, 2016
Transport Min Stirling Hinchliffe and Agriculture Min applaud first cattle train to Oakey in 23 years on $2.5m siding pic.twitter.com/cH96AWHio7
QuoteFOR 23 years, a dusty stretch of rail track snaked across western Queensland and past the Oakey beef abattoir without delivering cattle.But tomorrow, carriages carrying 880 bullocks and cows from Quilpie will thunder directly into Oakey Beef Exports, after a breakthrough with the State Government earlier this year.Taking cattle off the roads and onto rail is expected to open up the far western Queensland beef market - a win for graziers who can more easily and cheaply get their cattle to slaughter as well as for the Japanese owners of OBE who can process more animals for both the domestic and booming Asian market. The expansion is expected to double the plant's workforce and almost triple its capacity to process cattle."We've got 750 (workers) on the books right now, but you can look at 1300 easily when the upgrade is complete," Mr Gleeson said yesterday.Once the redevelopment is completed, more than 11,000 cattle could be processed each week, up from the current 4000 to 6500 head."At the moment, we're doing four days a week - (our production) is back by 35 per cent from this year due to supply," he said, referring to low stock numbers and high beef prices. Mr Gleeson hopes the abattoir will operate seven days a week after the upgrade.State Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne and NH Foods' CEO Takeo Kudo will join South-West mayors and Mr Gleeson for the arrival of the train.Around 500 abattoir employees will also down tools to watch the cattle being unloaded.State-government funding in April upgraded the rail sidings at Quilpie, Morven and Oakey so trains could dock."We were needing a plan to source cattle from the west and the railway line was the obvious answer, but we were excluded from an archaic freight contract which was geared to fail and helping no one," Mr Gleeson said."We met with mayors and South West RED, a network of regional local government communities, and started advocating for more common sense to be applied to the utilisation of the existing rail networks."We have been to more political meetings than I care to remember, but it will be worth it when the cattle get unloaded."
This morning the first #CattleTrain arrived at #OakeyBeefExports in 23 years, transporting cattle from South West Queensland. #agriculture pic.twitter.com/cry4Zscqt7— Aurizon (@Aurizon_) November 30, 2016
This morning the first #CattleTrain arrived at #OakeyBeefExports in 23 years, transporting cattle from South West Queensland. #agriculture pic.twitter.com/cry4Zscqt7
Latest media: More rail freight welcomed (Oakey)> https://t.co/DRyZcE3m7O#qldpol #auspolPhotograph @Aurizon_ pic.twitter.com/P0zXf5t3dg— Robert Dow (@Robert_Dow) November 30, 2016
Latest media: More rail freight welcomed (Oakey)> https://t.co/DRyZcE3m7O#qldpol #auspolPhotograph @Aurizon_ pic.twitter.com/P0zXf5t3dg
In Oakey with @BillByrneMP for the first train to deliver 800 cattle direct to Oakey abattoir for more rural jobs. pic.twitter.com/O8AzVUdjxc— Stirling Hinchliffe (@StirlHinchliffe) November 30, 2016
In Oakey with @BillByrneMP for the first train to deliver 800 cattle direct to Oakey abattoir for more rural jobs. pic.twitter.com/O8AzVUdjxc
A train loaded with cattle arrived in Oakey this morning from out west, for the first time in more than 20 years. https://t.co/vJJdG4VVgO— 7 News Toowoomba (@7NewsToowoomba) November 30, 2016
A train loaded with cattle arrived in Oakey this morning from out west, for the first time in more than 20 years. https://t.co/vJJdG4VVgO
The first cattle train in 23 years rolls into Oakey @ABCRural @lydsoutwest @abcsouthqld @QldCountryHour pic.twitter.com/vBpnoSrHmh— Jodie Gunders (@JodieGunders) November 30, 2016
The first cattle train in 23 years rolls into Oakey @ABCRural @lydsoutwest @abcsouthqld @QldCountryHour pic.twitter.com/vBpnoSrHmh
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