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Forest Industries Federation says WA transport permit system not viable

<p>Western Australian Government’s push to put more timber on rail to Bunbury port hit flack from the industry due to what it says is a lack of trains</p> <p>The Forest Industries Federation said a new permit system introduced for wood haulage trucks in southwest Western Australia was fundamentally flawed, the ABC reported.</p> <p>The State Government introduced the new licence this week.</p> <p>Federation spokesman Bob Pearce said rail services into the portdid not run because they were not viable and hence the Government had had to approve all applications for the truck permit.</p> <p>"There’s no point in regulating for a train when there’s not a train there," Mr Pearce was quoted as saying.</p> <p>"The timber industry’s made it clear all along we’re keen to work with the Government to get a viable rail service because it gets our product off the South West Highway and until such time it won’t be used."</p> <p>Timber firm Hansol said that at most, it could transport only a third of its plantation-timber by rail and that it was not viable to divert trucks from its plantations near Augusta and Collie to use the Greenbushes rail line into the port.</p> <p>Only Boyup Brook plantations were close enough to use the rail line.</p> <br />