Drums beating on Wodonga intermodal terminal

By: Paul Howell


Confidential negotiations said to involve State and local government, along with a private rail interest

Drums beating on Wodonga intermodal terminal
SCT won't be drawn on new hub talk

 

The Victorian Government is understood to be in talks with a range of stakeholders over a potential new intermodal terminal outside Wodonga.

It is understood SCT Logistics hopes to create a new rail-road connection at the Logic logistics hub, 14km west of the city.

The location is close to both the Hume freeway and the rail line connecting Melbourne and Sydney.

Logic says more than 75 per cent of Australia’s population are located within a next-day transport shift from the business park.

Representatives of both SCT Logistics and Wodonga City Council refused to comment on the plan, saying any negotiations were commercial-in-confidence.

A spokesperson for the Victorian Government also refused to confirm or deny its own involvement.

"We are always interested in examining business proposals which grow jobs and economic benefits for the communities of the North East," was his only statement.

Local newspaper The Border Mail has reported that a regional alliance group, 4Hume, is championing the plan, with Wodonga councillor Mark Byatt saying freight rail would be a key economic driver for the region.

The newspaper also indicated SCT Logistics had requested $7 million in financial support from the State Government.

The proposed site is around 30km south of the existing Ettamogah Rail Hub that is in New South Wales. Spokesman for the facility Rob Perkins says the privately-funded hub had been successful since opening five years ago, but still had spare capacity for new customers.

"The region doesn’t need another rail terminal," he says.  "It makes as much sense as Wodonga building an airport, just because there is one Albury (directly opposite Wodonga on the New South Wales side of the border)."

While he wasn’t concerned by the potential for competition, Perkins says he would doubt the business case of any terminal that required start-up grants from local or state governments.

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