Full steam ahead for Bromelton intermodal freight facility

Media Release

WT411/2015

07 December 2015

Joint release with:

Scott Buchholz

Federal Member for Wright

Bromelton State Development Area, west of the Gold Coast, will benefit from $9.6 million to be invested in intermodal infrastructure under Round Two of the Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced more than $293 million in funding for 111 projects that have been successful under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund, including the Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct project.

“Submissions made to this round were very competitive and the standard of applications higher than the previous round. This shows that applicants have thought seriously about how well their project addresses the objectives of the Fund,” Mr Truss said.

“Funding is supporting investment in a diverse range of infrastructure nationwide, from transport infrastructure to tourism, cultural, sporting and healthcare facilities.

“These projects are identified as priority infrastructure by local communities, and the Fund particularly encourages communities to form partnerships between not-for-profit organisations, local, state and territory governments as well as the private sector.”

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the project will create 500 new jobs on-site over the medium term.

“Job numbers will increase to 1,000 in the longer term, a great boost for local families and businesses,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Works will include constructing 6 kilometres of new rail track and developing civil infrastructure at the site, all of which will encourage future rail development in the industrial precinct.

“Once complete, the new intermodal facility will support the transfer of up to795,000 tonnes of freight annually from 2020–21 and will improve south east Queensland's economy by increasing efficiencies in rail freight transport and providing better access for industry to markets”

The National Stronger Regions Fund is delivering $1 billion over five years to promote economic growth and address disadvantage in Australia's regions.

More information on the National Stronger Regions Fund, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.