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Blueleaf gets grant

NORTH Greenbushes-based Blueleaf Corporation has received its scheduled state government grant four years early, after being given $3.2 million to re-establish the Whittaker’s timber mill in 1999. The money, a $3 million grant, will fund fixed and mobile infrastructure for the new train-loading facilities which were being added to its mill – a move seen as important to removing truck traffic from the South West Highway, which has become regarded as increasingly dangerous. The mill is adjacent to the unused North Greenbushes railway station and the yard that has been chosen for the establishment of a new timber intermodal terminal. The terminal will be the loading point for about seven million tonnes of timber freight over 10 years, which would have been transported by road. Blueleaf was due to receive the grant in 2010, but unexpected growth in its business resulted in the grant being brought forward to 2006. The development of this intermodal facility will allow for the retention and revitalisation of the railway services on the Picton to North Greenbushes section of the railway. It will also reduce heavy haulage on the South West Highway between Greenbushes and Bunbury port by up to 144 road train movements a day.

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