More shires climb aboard rail retention group

26 Feb, 2011 02:00 AM

MORE shires and industry groups have joined the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance's (WRRA) fight to save Tier 3 rail lines in the Wheatbelt.

As a result of the WRRA meeting held in Narembeen recently the Shire of Wickepin and the Roadside Conservation Committee has joined the alliance.

The Lake Grace shire has been approached by local growers to join the WRRA as well.

The WRRA also received strong support from the RAC, Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre (CMART) and Labour's Shadow Transport Minister Ken Travers.

WRRA chairman Bill Cowan said the alliance still had strong links with Watco, CBH and WestNet Rail and would continue to work constructively with them for as long as it took.

"The fact is a shire or a grower in a particular shire shouldn't give up hope because its grain doesn't move on standard gauge rail," Mr Cowan said.

"It doesn't mean those men and women should forget about using rail altogether.

"This campaign wouldn't have gone anywhere without the support of the shires on the alliance and hopefully a meeting between CBH, Watco and the State Government will still go ahead this week."

Two more local governments including a large metropolitan shire are looking to join the alliance within the next fortnight.

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Robin Johnston
23/02/2012 11:46:55 AM, on Farm Weekly

I think Australia needs to keep its railways open - for safety,security,environmental,tou rism & economical needs. Hortin built the original rail line from Albany to Perth via York at the turn of the century & now it's being dismantled! Bring back the passenger train - & retain the wheat trains!


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