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j.forrest.mp@aph.gov.au www.jforrest.com 60 Campbell Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585 ph 03 5032 4510 fax 03 5032 9407

Friday, 9 November 2012

HORSHAM DESERVES TO BE ANGRY

The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest says the Horsham community should not be held to ransom over the former Mill Street freight terminal.

Mr Forrest has written to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese urging that if a Mill Street lease is still being negotiated with Qube Logistics, then those negotiations should be suspended immediately.

“The very reason Horsham Rural City went ahead with the new Dooen Intermodal Freight Hub was to get the transports out of the Horsham City precinct,” Mr Forrest said.

“There is enormous and understandable angst, particularly among Horsham North residents.

“The old Mill Street Freight Centre should be closed and decommissioned immediately. That is what the community wants, the council wants, governments want and I want.

“The Horsham community will not be bullied or intimidated, the old facility must be closed.”

Mr Forrest said if Mill Street was leased as a transport terminal, that would seriously undermine the potential of the new Dooen facility and cause great anxiety within the Horsham community.

Council owns the Dooen intermodal facility and has appointed Wimmera Container Line as the preferred operator. That business has made substantial investment in infrastructure and personnel in good faith that both Federal and State governments intended to close down Mill Street.

“Given those factors, I’m not sure how, or why, this sorry situation has arisen,” Mr Forrest said.

“The intention was to decommission Mill Street as part of Horsham’s long term planning.

j.forrest.mp@aph.gov.au www.jforrest.com 60 Campbell Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585 ph 03 5032 4510 fax 03 5032 9407

“Another good example of this long term ambition was the sale of the former saleyards in central Horsham to the State Government's Urban Lands Corporation.

“The proceeds went to buying 200 hectares to establish the Burnt Creek Industrial Estate and the Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange.

“Horsham is a progressive regional city, so it worries me when something like Mill Street threatens to set the city back,” Mr Forrest said.

Mr Forrest can be contacted on 0428 500 186.