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Inquiry into the Management of Western Australia’s Freight Rail Network


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:12 Mar 2014
Tabling date:16 Oct 2014
Date Ended:16 Oct 2014
Committee:Economics and Industry Standing Committee (2013 - 2017)
House:Legislative Assembly
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:On 12 March 2014, the Economics and Industry Standing Committee resolved to inquire into and report on whether the current lease arrangements and management of the Western Australian freight rail network comprising Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 lines facilitate or hamper state development. In particular the Committee will investigate:

the recent strategic directions and policy decisions relating to the current network lease, particularly in relation to the low-traffic lines;

the regulatory arrangements in place for the network; and

the management of the network by the Public Transport Authority.

The Committee anticipates reporting on 14 August 2014.


Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
Susan Pike received on 14 Apr 2014
Department of Transport received on 17 Sep 2014
Department of Transport received on 9 Oct 2014
Brookfield Rail received on 17 Apr 2014
Great Eastern Country Zone received on 16 Apr 2014
Rob Jennings received on 16 Apr 2014
Wheabelt Railway Retention Alliance received on 19 Jun 2014
Aurizon received on 17 Apr 2014
CBH Group received on 23 Jun 2014
Rob Jennings received on 15 May 2014
Asciano received on 17 Apr 2014
Agribusiness Council of Australia received on 17 Apr 2014
Economic Regulation Authority received on 9 Jul 2014
Brookfield Rail received on 8 Jul 2014
Livestock and Rural Transport Association of Western Australia (Inc) received on 17 Apr 2014
G&L Tuckwell received on 16 Apr 2014
Great Eastern Country Zone received on 27 Jun 2014
Shire of Kalamunda received on 17 Apr 2014
Brookfield Rail received on 14 Jul 2014
ASPO-Australia received on 19 May 2014
Minister for Transport received on 8 Aug 2014
WAFA The Wilderness Society received on 18 Mar 2014
Wildflower Society of WA received on 15 Apr 2014
Jane Fuchsbichler received on 18 Apr 2014
Candell Pty Ltd received on 16 Apr 2014
Lindsay Tuckwell received on 4 Jun 2014
Department of Transport received on 24 Sep 2014
WALGA Avon-Midland Country Zone received on 17 Apr 2014
Mariane Kevill received on 2 Apr 2014
Economic Regulation Authority received on 7 May 2014
CBH Group received on 17 Apr 2014
WALGA received on 17 Apr 2014
Public Transport Authority received on 17 Apr 2014
WA Farmers received on 17 Apr 2014
Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance received on 17 Apr 2014
Wheatbelt Development Commission received on 9 Jun 2014
Jane Fuchsbichler received on 27 Jun 2014
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
• Related Document: 01 Narrow Gauge Lease
• Related Document: 02 Standard Gauge Lease
• Related Document: 03 Variation to Narrow Gauge Lease - Grain line strengthening plan timeframe
• Related Document: 04 Variation to Narrow Gauge Lease - Agreement to purchase the Albany rail spur
• Related Document: 05 Variation to Narrow Gauge Lease - Project Agreement for Capital Works
• Related Document: 06 Variation to Narrow Gauge Lease - Tier 3 grain lines reopening requirements
• Related Document: 07 Variation to Standard Gauge Lease - Upgrade to maintenance requirements between Koolyanobbing and West Kalgoorlie
• Related Document: 08 Variation to Narrow Gauge Lease - Variation to Project Agreement for Capital Works
• Related Document: 09 PTA Lease Management Plan
• Related Document: 10 Report on fit for purpose condition of Yillimining to Bruce Rock Line and Katanning to Nyabbing Line November 2003
• Related Document: 11 Second audit (GJ Willox) of freight rail network performance standards
• Related Document: 12 Review (GJ Willox) of proposed re-sleepering plan
• Related Document: 13 Capital works program progress report - Albany and North Kwinana zones - April 2014
• Related Document: 14 Capital works program progress report - Avon to Redmond - August 2011
• Related Document: 15 Capital works program progress report - Avon to Redmond - September 2011
• Related Document: 16 Capital works program progress report - Avon to Redmond - October 2011
• Related Document: 17 Correspondence between Mr Paul Larsen and Hon Simon O'Brien MLC
• Related Document: 18 West-East rail feasibility study excerpt
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastVideo
11 Jun 201410:00 AMBrookfield RailMr Paul Larsen (Chief Executive Officer), Mr Allan Rose (Chief Advisor)
11 Jun 201411:00 AMCooperative Bulk HandlingDr Andrew Crane (CEO), Mr Andrew Mencshelyi (Acting General Manager Operations), Ms Brianna Peake (Government and Industry Relations Manager)
13 Jun 201409:45 AMWAFarmersMr Dale Park (President)
13 Jun 201410:50 AMMr Robert JenningsMr Robert Jennings
13 Jun 201411:40 AMKarara Mining LtdMr Dale Harris (Chief Executive Officer)
13 Jun 201401:30 PMLivestock and Rural Transport Association of Western Australia (Inc.); Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters AssociationMr Darren Power (Vice President), Mr Mark Sullivan (Treasurer);Mr Grant Robbins (Vice President
13 Jun 201402:20 PMWA Local Government Association; Avon-Midland Country Zone; Shire of Kalamunda
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Mr Ken Seymour (Farmer and Moora Shire Councillor), Mrs Lindsay Tuckwell (Grain Grower), Mr Ian Lane (Farmer), Mr Rowlie Mellor (Treasurer, Quairading Land Conservation District Committee) on 27 May 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Stephen Strange (President, Shire of Bruce Rock), Mr Darren Mollenoyux (Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Bruce Rock), Mr Nathan Buegge (Councillor, Shire of Bruce Rock), Mr Donald Heasman (Councillor, Shire of Bruce Rock), Mrs Margaret Foss (Councillor, Shire of Bruce Rock) on 27 May 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Rodney Forsyth (Delegate, Great Eastern Country Zone), Ms Rhonda Cole (Zone President, Great Eastern Country Zone), Mrs Eileen O’Connell (President, Shire of Nungarin), Ms Helen Wescott (Executive Officer, Great Eastern Country Zone), Mr Frederick Storer (President, Shire of Koorda) on 27 May 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Greg Richards (Chairman, Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance), Mr William Cowan (Vice Chairman, Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance), Ms Jane Fuchsbichler (Coordinator, Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance), Mr Graeme Fardon (CEO, Shire of Quairading, and Executive Member, Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance) on 27 May 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Paul Larsen (Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Rail), Mr Allan Rose (Chief Advisor, Commercial, Brookfield Rail) on 11 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Dr Andrew Crane (CEO, Co-operative Bulk Handling Group), Mr Andrew Mencshelyi (Acting General Manager, Operations, Co-operative Bulk Handling Group), Miss Brianna Peake (Government and Industry Relations Manager, Co-operative Bulk Handling Group) on 11 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Dale Harris (CEO, Karara Mining) on 13 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mrs Janet Cooper (Executive Officer, Livestock and Rural Transport Association of WA), Mr Darren Power (Vice President/Transport Operator, Livestock and Rural Transport Association of WA), Mr Grant Robins (Transport Operator/Committee Member, Livestock and Rural Transport Association of WA) on 13 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Dale Park (President, Western Australian Farmers Federation) on 13 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Robert Jennings (Jandakot Residents Association) on 13 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Charles Sullivan (Director, Shire of Kalamunda), Mr Dylan O'Connor (Councillor, Shire of Kalamunda), Mr Paul Schollum (Economic Policy Manager, Western Australian Local Government Association), Mr Troy Pickard (President, Western Australian Local Government Association), Mr Stephen Strange (Shire President, Shire of Bruce Rock; Chairman, Local Government Grain Infrastructure Group; Grain and Livestock Producer), Mr Ian Duncan (Executive Manager, Infrastructure, Western Australian Local Government Association) on 13 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Lyndon Rowe (Chairman, Economic Regulation Authority) and Mr Greg Watkinson (Chief Executive Officer, Economic Regulation Authority) on 18 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Dr Fred Affleck on 18 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Reece Waldock (Director General, Department of Transport), Ms Susan McCarrey (Deputy Director General, Department of Transport), Mr Mark Burgess (Managing Director, Public Transport Authority), Mr David Browne (Executive Director, Safety and Strategic Development, Public Transport Authority) on 25 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Desmond Snook (Executive Director, Road Network Services, Main Roads Western Australia), Mr Pascal Felix (Director, Heavy Vehicle Operations, Main Roads Western Australia) on 25 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Richard House (Self-employed farmer), Mr Cam Taylor (Self-employed farmer) on 26 Jun 2014
Evidence by.. Mr Reece Waldock (Director General, Department of Transport), Ms Susan McCarrey (Deputy Director General, Department of Transport), Mr Desmond Snook (Executive Director, Road Network Services, Main Roads Western Australia), Mr Mark Burgess (Managing Director, Public Transport Authority), Mr David Browne (Executive Director, Safety and Strategic Development, Public Transport Authority) on 17 Sep 2014
Related Reports:
Report No Title Date tabled Related documents
3 The Management of Western Australia’s Freight Rail Network16 Oct 2014More...