Construction of Bromelton intermodal terminal begins


The site will support up to 1.3 million tonnes of rail freight movement each year

Construction of Bromelton intermodal terminal begins
L-R: Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen, SCT Logistics executive chairman Peter Smith and federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz.

 

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen, SCT Logistics executive chairman Peter Smith and federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz marked the official start of construction of the new intermodal freight terminal at Bromelton in regional Queensland last week.

Once complete, the $30 million project is expected to create up to 1000 jobs and new economic opportunities in the region.

Christensen says the SCT Logistics regional freight facility will act as anchor tenant for the Bromelton State Development Area, which offers access to regional and interstate markets through the Sydney-Brisbane rail corridor.

"Already we are seeing local dividends from this project with SCT engaging local contractor Trade Alliance Pty Ltd to deliver the civil and construction work," Christensen says.

In addition to the SCT Logistics’ investment, the council received $9.6 million funding under the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

The freight and logistics complex, which will include a large railway siding, will support up to 1.3 million tonnes of annual rail freight movement and is expected to reduce around 18,500 truck journeys on metropolitan highways.

"I expect there will be significant flow-on benefits for other sectors of our regional economy, particularly primary producers and agribusiness seeking to get product to market," he says.

"Ultimately, this project is not only a boon for Bromelton and Beaudesert, but will provide opportunities for all our communities, from Aratula in the west to Tamborine Mountain in the east.

"I want to create sustainable employment and economic opportunities for our residents and business operators across a range of industries by encouraging appropriate development in our region.

"In this case, we have Australia's largest privately owned rail company, which provides logistics solutions for intrastate, national and export markets, seeking to establish a world-class freight facility right here in Scenic Rim.

"This is a big win for Scenic Rim and to the team at SCT Logistics I say welcome aboard."

Christensen says the commissioning of the SCT facility next year will also mark the return of rail-based freight to the Scenic Rim for the first time in more than two decades.

"Rail continues to be an efficient and effective means of moving both people and freight.

"SCT's project will not only connect the region via the coastal rail line but also help plug Scenic Rim into the new multi-billion dollar inland rail project supported by the federal government."

The facility will be built in several stages, with construction expected to finish in the first half of 2018.

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