Multimillion dollar transport infrastructure boost for Wagga Wagga

Media Release

FN048/2016

28 August 2016

Joint release with:

Daryl Maguire

State Member for Wagga Wagga

Michael McCormack

Federal Member for Riverina

Riverina's farmers and producers will be able to transport goods more easily and efficiently thanks to the Australian Government. 

The contract for a major upgrade at the site of Wagga Wagga's new freight and logistics hub were signed this week.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said this region supports a range of industries, including cattle and grain farmers, who rely on good transport links to remain viable.

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure which will provide rail transport services for businesses throughout the Riverina and Murray regions. In addition to the productivity gains, this project will help boost jobs in the region by creating 50 jobs during the construction of this project, as well as ongoing jobs on completion of the freight and logistics hub,” Minister Nash said

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack today joined the local community along with the City of Wagga Wagga, and Mr Daryl Maguire State Member for Wagga Wagga to announce the signing of the contract with B.M.D Constructions Pty. Ltd to deliver the Bomen Enabling Roads project.

Mr McCormack said residents of the region would benefit from improved driving conditions as a result of moving the transport of goods and stock onto the rail network, and off the region's roads.

“Road safety and traffic congestion will improve, while deterioration of roads will slow,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is estimated around 4,000 vehicles a day travel this section of road, with 20 per cent being heavy vehicles. This project will not only improve the region's global competitiveness it will help save lives.”

State Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire said the project will be a significant feat of local engineering.

“This stage of the project involves the construction of a grade separated underpass of the Main Southern Railway Line and will improve vehicular movement between the Terminal, the Olympic Highway, the existing Bomen Industrial precinct and Byrnes Road,” Mr Maguire said.

"The broader project is likely to also see the delivery of grain terminal facilities, a container terminal and rail infrastructure, ensuring this region is able to thrive and survive.”

City of Wagga Wagga Acting General Manager Janice Summerhayes said Council is investing $12.3 million to this element of construction and additional funding towards the remainder of the freight and logistics hub.

“The total Bomen Enabling Roads project is worth in the vicinity of $35 million and we expect it will become a transformative piece of infrastructure that will have a significant and long-lasting benefit for current and future businesses and the community,” Ms Summerhayes said.

The Bomen Enabling Road element of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $14.5 million, the New South Wales Government contributing $8.3 million and the City of Wagga Wagga contributing $12.3 million.

Works are expected to be completed by mid-2017.