Western Australia’s regional freight task from the Wheatbelt Region relies heavily on road, rail and port infrastructure, but these assets are aging and imposing high costs on supply chains. These issues impact on the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid West and Goldﬁelds-Esperance regions.
Agriculture is a signiﬁcant industry for Western Australia. In 2018–19, the gross value of agricultural production in the state was $10.7 billion, which represents 18% of the total gross value of agricultural production in Australia and three percent of Western Australia’s Gross State Product.
Western Australia’s regional freight network faces a number of challenges, including:
• a growing and changing freight task
• ageing and under-performing road and rail infrastructure, including poor surface condition and road width
• consolidation of grain receival facilities
• increasing use of larger vehicles, but insufficient road mass limits
• pressure to increase supply chain productivity
• poor road safety outcomes.