Quilpie Shire Council Mayor Stuart Mackenzie says Aurizon will run all 27 livestock rail services from Quilpie between May and November this year.
“I also believe extra cattle trains will be provided for direct transport to Oakey Beef Export’s meat processing plant, which is in addition to the promised 27 yearly services.”
“In talking with Oakey Beef it’s clear they have a long-term plan to run a full cattle train out of Quilpie’s rail facility every two weeks, but I think this won’t be happening for at least two years.”
The Quilpie Rail facility saw 15 cattle trains travel during the second half of last year.
Cr Mackenzie said he believed some maintenance and upgrades to rail rolling stock would be required to ensure livestock rail services could accommodate the increased demand.
He says he’s feeling confident about livestock rail services on the southern line for 2017.
“Some good rainfall across Queensland’s channel country and the high cattle prices have given more chance that trains will have adequate cattle supply during 2017.”