Full steam ahead on job creating freight terminal
23 August 2017
Joint release with:
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Leader of The Nationals
Managing Director of SCT Logistics
Federal Member for Wright
- Cross-dock facility will allow quick and easy rail/road freight transfers
- Infrastructure supports future regional development
- The Coalition Government invested $9.6 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund
Queensland's regions are full steam ahead, following today's official opening of the $35.2 million road/rail intermodal freight terminal to boost exports and create jobs in the region.
The Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct in Bromelton, west of the Gold Coast, will include six kilometres of new rail track connecting to the Sydney-Brisbane main rail line.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government had invested $9.6 million towards the project under the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“Farmers and exporters will save money by using this precinct and this will create jobs,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and projects that support future regional development does just that.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition Government's funding would help boost the local economy.
“The new Bromelton Rail Freight Precinct, which is arguably the most modern rail terminal in Australia, will support business growth and productivity in South East Queensland.
The new terminal will also increase freight access to the main rail line from Brisbane all the way down to Melbourne through Wodonga, across to Horsham in South West Victoria and as far east as Forrestfield in WA,” Mr Joyce said.
“What this means is more people are getting more of their product from A to B more quickly so they can turn a dollar.
“The project supported the local economy during construction by creating 150 jobs, and will continue to support the region by creating 125 ongoing local jobs.”
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the freight precinct in Bromelton was constructed on 10 hectares of land.
“The Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct project constructed six kilometres of new rail track connecting to the Sydney-Brisbane main rail line,” Mr Buchholz said.
“The project constructed a transit warehouse, with a hardstand area with a canopy suitable for B-double heavy vehicle traffic, a container area and storage facility, and an office building with 100 car parking spaces.”
Managing Director of SCT Logistics Geoff Smith said the project showed the benefits of co-operation between Government and the private sector.
“The Bromelton intermodal terminal has already lifted rails market share on the Eastern Sea Board, and will further underpin the Government commitment to Inland Rail,” Mr Smith said.
“SCT is committed to expanding it footprint in Queensland, building its rail volumes and continuing to expand its economic presence in the local region.”
The Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government providing $9.6 million and SCT Logistics $25.6 million, which includes a loan from the Queensland Government.