AgForce says plans great for producers, meatworks operators
WHILE there has been a mixed review to the plans - AgForce has welcomed the proposal with open arms.
AgForce Transport chair, Leo Neill-Ballentine said an upgrade to the access was a key priority for AgForce, targeting supply chain inefficiency.
"It's fantastic that the State Government has committed to kick starting this project as there are real economic benefits for both Queensland's economy as well as consumers," Mr Neill-Ballentine said.
"Transport is a major cost for cattle producers and this upgrade improves one of the state's biggest bottlenecks, delivering better truck access into Australia's beef capital.
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"It will not only improve productivity but also improve animal welfare and driver safety, reducing fatigue.
"Fixing two intersections to the processors on Lakes Creek Road is an important first step to allowing Type 1 road trains access."
A further $40 million has been set aside to fix five aging wooden bridges on the Dawson Highway between Gladstone and Biloela.
"The beef cattle industry is growing the Queensland economy," Mr Neill-Ballentine said.
"But transport bottlenecks are bad for business and are inevitably passed on to consumers."