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Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Asked for Views on Fund

11 February 2013

AUSTRALIA - Eyre Peninsula grain growers are encouraged to have their say on best way to use excess funds from the Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund through an online survey.

Minister for Agriculture Gail Gago said the Fund was set up to raise A$2 million via grain grower contributions. Due to a higher than average grain crop, and therefore increased contributions, the target was reached 2011, leaving an excess amount to be used.

“I encourage Eyre Peninsula grain growers to do the online survey which outlines various options that have been proposed to help decide the best way to use the excess money,” Ms Gago said.

“The South Australian grains industry generates up to A$3.9 billion in revenue from commodity and processed products, with around 80 per cent of our grain exported around the world.”

“We now have an opportunity for further infrastructure upgrades on Eyre Peninsula, and would like to know grower preferences.

“Grain growers also have the option to put their own suggestions forward in this simple survey.”

Although the Fund is yet to be finalised, at this stage about A$230,000 is available, and this is to be spent to directly benefit the Eyre Peninsula grain growers who made contributions.

Contributions to the fund were collected through grain marketing companies and as the specific contributions of individual growers are not known to PIRSA, it is not practical or cost effective to distribute the excess monies among the grain growers in proportion to contributions.

The Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund was established in 2006 as a grain grower contribution to a joint industry and government grains logistics infrastructure upgrade program, costing about A$43 million.

At the time, EP grains industry and community stakeholders argued that it was essential to improve the rail network on EP to ensure grain could be reliably and safely transported to Port Lincoln for export.

EP grain growers have until 1 March 2013 to participate in the survey.

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