The Victorian Government says its Mode Shift Incentive Scheme (MSIS) is moving more freight onto rail and taking more trucks off local roads in the Wimmera.
One example is the SCT Logistics Intermodal Freight Terminal in Dooen, where more than 15,000 containers of hay, grain and pulses are moved by rail per annum on the service which runs three days per week.
The freight terminal – which is on the Melbourne-Adelaide standard gauge rail line – is one of four terminal operators to receive incentives to move containers by rail, and will benefit from a further $3.5 million allocated in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to extend the MSIS until June 30, 2023.
The MSIS is an incentive program to shift containerised freight from roads onto rail and provides support to rail freight companies to make the cost of transporting goods on rail more competitive.
It will support around 20 jobs at the freight terminal and reduce truck congestion at the Port of Melbourne.
An average 1000m-long intermodal service from Dooen to the Port of Melbourne carries about $2.5 million worth of produce and carries the equivalent amount of freight to 70 trucks.
Across regional Victoria, the MSIS is supporting more than 170 freight industry jobs at intermodal terminals and removes the equivalent of 28,000 truck trips from the state’s roads every year.
The MSIS is one of many initiatives the Government is backing to get more freight onto rail – including the improvements to the regional freight network, the Port Rail Shuttle Network, the Port Rail Transformation Project and planning for an intermodal terminal in Melbourne’s west.
The Port Rail Transformation Project will equip the Port to handle the new Port Rail Shuttle Network (PRSN) and regional intermodal freight trains – bringing produce by rail directly to the docks.
Ports and Freight minister Melissa Horne said the scheme benefits the entire community – especially in the Wimmera – making it easier to get products to ports and supports industry through cost-effective movement of freight.