Cattle Industry Needs Rail Crate Issues Fixed: Creevey Russell
Queensland cattle producers will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of a trial of the modified Chinese-made crates used to transport cattle around the state, says leading legal firm Creevey Russell Lawyers.
Creevey Russell Lawyers Principal Dan Creevey was in Winton last week to observe a trial of the modified crates on a rail service between Julia Creek and Rockhampton being conducted by the Department of Transport and rail freight operator Aurizon.
The Chinese crates, purchased by Aurizon in 2016 on behalf of the State Government, were withdrawn from service in October, 2017, due to safety issues, in particular problems with the locking mechanism on the crates.
The Government has been under fire from the State Opposition for the time taken to rectify the problems, with cattle producers facing extra costs to transport livestock by road while rail services have been suspended.
Mr Creevey said cattle producers were keen to have rail freight services back to normal for the seasonal peak in cattle movements.
“The Government has done itself no favours with the way it has been dealing with Queensland’s agriculture sector who are already angered by moves to limit tree clearing,” he said.
“There have been many critics of the Government’s decision to purchase these Chinese cattle crates with the Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar, describing the move as a ‘monumental stuff-up’.
“Queensland is the only state that subsidises and provides regional rail freight services for the beef sector. The full resumption of those services will be a relief for producers.”
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