Buswell backflips on rail closure

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has made a surprise decision to keep the state’s ‘Tier 3’ rail lines open, after previously resisting overtures from farmers, rural communities and grain handler CBH Group to keep the lines open.

The state government had been planning to spend $118 million upgrading the road network in the wheatbelt, before closing the rail lines next year.

Widespread protest from the agricultural sector warned road safety would be at risk with a massive increase of trucks on country and metropolitan roads.


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WA Revenue most recent financial year

1st-CBH Group$3.72bn
2nd-KB Foods$513.5m
4th-Craig Mostyn Group$420.0m
5th-Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative$360.0m
53 agribusiness ranked by WA revenue most recent financial year

WA export revenue

6th↑Gold Corporation$6.39bn
7th↓Mitsui & Company$4.73bn
8th↑CBH Group$3.21bn
9th↓Alcoa of Australia$3.05bn
10th↓Hancock Prospecting$2.63bn
42 exporters ranked by WA export revenue most recent financial year

WA Revenue

1st-CBH Group$3.72bn
3rd-St John of God Health Care$1.30bn
5th↑Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative$360.0m
43 not for profit businesses ranked by WA revenue most recent financial year

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