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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2477

(Question No. 766)

Senator Maguire asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 28 March 1984:

(1) Have studies been conducted into standardisation of the railway line from Gladstone to Wilmington in South Australia; if so, what are the results of such studies.

(2) Is one option under examination, the standardisation of only that part of the railway from Gladstone to Booleroo Centre.

(3) Does the option in (2) offer a higher economic return than standardisation of the entire railway.

(4) What annual freight and grain tonnages would be required to proceed with standardising the whole railway to Wilmington or to standardise only that section to Booleroo Centre.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) to (4) I am advised that the Gladstone to Wilmington railway line is currently the subject of a community service obligation study by the Australian National Railways Commission. One aspect of the study is the consideration of alternatives such as the standardisation of gauge to Booleroo Centre and to Wilmington. The determination of relative economic returns and freight level forecasts are also a part of the study.