READER'S VIEW: Use rail line to move cattle to meatworks

SURELY the answer to road transport of livestock through our city streets must be staring us in the face.

We have perfectly good stockyards at the Gracemere Saleyards, we have a perfectly good rail line connecting these saleyards to both meatworks, and we have an urgent need to keep B-doubles out of our streets.

Easy. Unload the B-doubles at the Gracemere Saleyards. When there are enough cattle for a full train, load them on to cattle wagons, take them by rail to the respective meatworks, then unload them as happens now. Once unloaded, the B-doubles are free to return to the bush to load more livestock, without the long delays they have under the present system.

A small bonus is that rail wagons give cattle a much smoother ride when compared to the stop-go roughness of trucks on roads, giving us beef that is less stressed.

And probably the biggest bonus is not having to spend many millions on re-routing this menacing road traffic, and the dislocation of neighbourhoods.

A. Bambrick

North Rockhampton



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