Big beef over rail sale
1 February 2011,
The sale of Queensland Rail (QR) not only threatens to take away long-term revenue from state coffers, but could also derail the city’s $5 billion beef processing sector and the farmers who work tirelessly to prop it. AgForce Cattle president Grant Maudsley tells Brisbane Business News how a loss of cattle freight rail services would put pressure on an already degraded regional network.
QR has shown a complete lack of business acumen in terms of recognising the benefits of, and opportunities for, expanding the cattle freight service. With increased awareness of road safety and fatigue issues, QR has an obligation to provide trains and lines to move agricultural commodities.