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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 323

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 22 November1979:

(1   ) Is it a fact that the Australian National Railways Commission's Port Dock has long played an integral pan in the commercial life of Port Adelaide, S.A.

(2)   Are many forwarding merchant's depots located in close proximity to the Port Dock station and enjoying an economic advantage from this location.

(3)   What are the implications for the economic life of the Port Adelaide area if the alterations to freight handling arrangements at Port Dock commenced on 1 November1979.

(4)   In view of the worsening fuel crisis is it desirable to locate rail facilities in close proximity to major areas of custom and to maintain this proximity where it already exists.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Railway facilities have always been important to the commercial activities of Port Adelaide and they will continue to be important. The only change that has occurred at Port Adelaide is the transfer of less than wagon load traffic to Mile End. ANR does not intend to alter transport arrangements for wagon load consignments such as grain, fertiliser and overseas containers. These consignments represent the great majority of rail traffic generated by industry in this area, and earn revenue for the railways in excess of $6 million per year.

(2)   More than ISO firms despatch goods spasmodically from Port Adelaide but only 20 or so regularly despatch a significant volume of less than wagon load consignments. Regular customers are up to 7 km from Port Adelaide.

(3)   The changes to freight handling at port Adelaide have been in operation for over three months and ANR advises that there has been no visible impact on the economy of the area. Before the changes were implemented, ANR held discussions with customers and 90 per cent said they would accept the change. Every effort has been made by ANR to make alternative arrangements for any significantly disadvantaged customers.

(4)   Under the new arrangements, no customer is required to travel more than 12 km extra, and some travel less. Additional fuel required would have little impact on the fuel crisis.

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