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Economic benefits flow from state-wide agricultural transport project

11 September 2015

Regional economic growth is being boosted with the completion of more projects as part of a joint agricultural industry-government road transport project.

The latest initiative from the 90-day review into agricultural transport is the approval of Higher Mass Limit vehicles to access 18 Viterra sites across South Australia.

Approving these vehicles means heavier loads can enter these sites, meaning more grain can be delivered per load, increasing productivity and hopefully reducing transport costs in the future.

The approval will bring significant economic benefits to  the Eyre and Western, Yorke and Mid North, Murray and Mallee, and Barossa, Light and Lower North.

Upgrading heavy vehicle access to those sites means transport efficiency and farm productivity gains across regional South Australia this coming harvest.

The 90-day project was an initiative between Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and led to the release of the report A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: a new partnership approach in March.

PPSA Executive Chair Rob Kerin said it was already delivering benefits which would have long-term impacts for primary producers and transport operators.

"Of the 184 issues that were raised as part of the project, 47 of these have already been resolved. This is a fantastic result for regional South Australia," Mr Kerin said.

"An additional 12 issues are currently being investigated, having been identified as feasible with work underway to progress them to resolution.

"The site access approvals being announced today are a significant win for primary producers, who will be able to cart grain more efficiently this harvest."

Other key reforms from the 90-day project to date include:

  •  The approval of quad road train combinations between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory border
  •  The introduction of tri-axle dollies for use in road train combinations
  •  Reduced driver logbook reporting red tape
  •  Simplifying systems for registering multiple farm vehicles

A higher mass limit vehicle

The site access approvals will be made at: Viterra site

Region

Approval

Meribah via Loxton

Murray and Mallee

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Wunkar

Murray and Mallee

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Peebinga via Loxton

Murray and Mallee

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Two Wells

Barossa, Light and Lower North

Extend HML Road train from Pt Wakefield Road to Viterra site

Orroroo

Yorke and Mid North

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Lameroo

Murray and Mallee

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Yongala

Yorke and Mid North

From GML double road train to HML road train

Monarto South

Murray and Mallee

From GML B-double to HML B-double

Kimba

Eyre and Western

From GML semi-trailer to HML road train

Kapunda

Barossa, Light and Lower North

From GML semi-trailer to HML semi-trailer

Saddleworth/Auburn

Yorke and Mid North

From HML semi-trailer to HML B-double

Poochera

Eyre and Western

From GML semi-trailer to HML road train

Jamestown

Yorke and Mid North

From HML semi-trailer to HML B-double

Cungena

Eyre and Western

From GML semi-trailer to HML road train

Gladstone

Yorke and Mid North

From HML B-double to HML road train

Mallala/ Two Wells

Barossa, Light and Lower North

From HML 23m B-double to HML 26m B-Double

Auburn/ Halbury

Yorke and Mid North

From GML semi-trailer to HML B-Double

Yeelanna

Lower Eyre

Extend 36.5m road train access from intersection of Todd Hwy and railway