Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says the Port of Portland won;t be on a level playing field after no funding was committed to upgrading its rail link in the state budget.
Mrs Britnell said standardising the rail line from Portland to Maroona would provide a direct link to grain growing regions in the state’s north.
“The missing link will mean grain growers will find it cheaper to send their grain to Melbourne and Geelong, which already have direct rail links,” Mrs Britnell said.
“This compromises the opportunity for jobs to be created at the port and for Portland to grow.
“Portland is a deep water port, it allows for ships to be fully laden with grain in one stop, providing efficiencies for exporters and providing the port with a competitive advantage.
“That advantage won’t be realised until this upgrade goes ahead.”