David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Morven’s new cattle-loading rail hub unlocks new markets

November 19, 2020

Regional cattle producers now have better access to markets and major infrastructure thanks to the opening of a new cattle-loading rail hub at Morven.

The Morven Rail Hub includes rail and road-train loading and unloading facilities, cattle yards for spelling and drafting, a live-weight livestock weighing facility and associated storage and amenities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project, which supported multiple jobs during construction, would reinvigorate an under-utilised asset and improve the efficiency of livestock operations.

“The Morven Rail Hub will establish a logical collection point for livestock from surrounding catchment areas and facilitate access to rail for livestock transport,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“This is an example of a small community showing strong leadership, taking advantage of their unique location and access to major infrastructure and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of livestock transport which in turn will prove to be a real boon to the local economy.”

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the project would benefit other businesses in the region.

“Improved logistics and animal-handling skills developed through the hub’s operations could potentially be transferred to other businesses, boosting job opportunities for local residents,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The project will establish an identity for Morven outside the locality and this sense of identity is important for community spirit and resilience.

“The facility also includes a new truck wash, hayshed and storage, three 20,000 litre poly tanks and an office block.”

Murweh Shire Mayor Shaun Radnedge said the opening of the Morven Rail Hub was a welcome event.

“The Morven Rail Hub shows what can be completed when governments work together,” Cr Radnedge said.

“Morven’s position in the agricultural supply chain is increased today and the Shire of Murweh welcomes the new business, employment and transport activity that will be able to take advantage of this infrastructure investment.”

The Australian Government fully funded the $4.1 million project under the Building Better Regions Fund. This is a $1.04 billion investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.