The Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund was established for the purpose of funding a grower contribution of $2 million to the cost of upgrading the rail system on the Eyre Peninsula.
The Regulations that established the Fund allow the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to apply surplus funds of around $500,000 to be applied to those projects that benefit of Eyre Peninsula grain growers.
Applications were invited from the Eyre Peninsula grains industry to determine the most appropriate distribution of the surplus. In February 2014, the Government announced the following projects had been funded:
- Cleve Area School: $45,000 to purchase a Shearer 16 Row Coulter Tyne drill to enhance educational applications for students at the Sims Farm training centre.
- Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association: $100,000 to deliver a young farmer leadership program to grain growers from across lower Eyre Peninsula.
- Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation: $175,000 to employ an agronomist to work with land managers and the Eyre Peninsula's network of agricultural research, extension and related service providers to address herbicide resistance in the region.
- Sea Transport Developments SA Pty Ltd: $90,000 to undertake a range of site design and related assessments for a handling facility for export grain at the Lucky Bay Common User Facility.
- Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association: $100,000 to resource two proposed trials exploring water use efficiency in the context of soil constraints.
The surplus in the fund available for distribution is now exhausted.