The Dookie grain receival site is set for an upgrade but the Berrigan site will close before this season.July 1, 2014 3:00am
The Dookie GrainCorp receival site is expected to get a $250
GrainCorp has confirmed the weighbridge is expected to be installed in time for this year’s grain handling, as well as the re-siting of the grain sampling building.
The upgrade is separate to the company’s recently announced regeneration plan which involves upgrading some sites and shutting about 100.
Under the plan, the Dookie site is expected to be classified as a primary site with the opportunity to have grain freighted out by rail.
However, the Shepparton to Dookie line has not been maintained for at least five years and V/Line says there has not been enough grain destined for the ports to justify using the line.
The grain receival site in Berrigan is one of the sites listed as non-operational in GrainCorp’s Project Regeneration plan.
Berrigan grain grower Lindsay Dickens said while the closure wasn’t seen as a good thing, he considered the costs of its upkeep.
‘‘If you’re close to the site like we are, you pay a minimum charge that would cover the distance to travel a bit further,’’ Mr Dickens said.
‘‘It really doesn’t get opened a lot because it’s not on rail anymore and was just used in emergency when there was a lot of grain.’’
GrainCorp has listed about 100 grain storage sites that have received less than 10 per cent of grain.
Mr Dickens carts most of his grain to a primary site in Tocumwal.
Another Berrigan grower Graeme Pyle, who also transported grain to Tocumwal, said while his business would not be affected by the Berrigan closure, GrainCorp’s relationship with growers had been lacklustre.
‘‘It’s a disgrace. They have taken so long to get their act together and do something — the little ones have to suffer,’’ Mr Pyle said.
GrainCorp’s decision to shut down smaller grain storage sites comes after a 43 per cent drop in half-year net profit.
Berrigan Shire Council general manager Rowan Perkins said GrainCorp’s regeneration plan had lacked proper communication.
‘‘There never seemed to be a proper list,’’ Mr Perkins said.
‘‘It’s all sort of come about in dribs and drabs.’’
It’s now unclear what will happen to sites like Berrigan, after recent reports from industry sources stating GrainCorp did not want to sell the sites to competitors.
Other sites in the region set to close are Echuca and Mathoura.
When Cupid’s arrow strikes it can be unexpected.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
The regular annual tour of heritage-listed former Internment Tatura Camp One again this year attracted interest from Melbourne and Interstate visitors.
HE IS a physiotherapist by day and a thespian by night.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
The rationing of infant milk formula on supermarket shelves reflects a higher demand for product rather than a shortage and Australian manufacturers have responded by ramping up production.
Mathoura car crash sparks grass fire.
Victoria’s strict dangerous dogs laws are considered a laughing stock by other countries, a canine behaviour expert says.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.