Goulburn Council gives Qube rail hub thumb up


Local objections fail to halt go-ahead after series of state government approvals are gained

Goulburn Council gives Qube rail hub thumb up
Logs will be containerised and fumigated at the site.

 

Qube Logistics’ Goulburn rail hub operations have gained council approval despite local objections.

The hub green light follows positive responses from New South Wales authorities including Roads and Maritime Services, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the NSW Environment Protection Service.

Positioned on land controlled by Chicago Freight Car Leasing’s local arm, CFCL Australia (CFCLA), the main focus will be containerising and fumigating pine logs in 40-foot boxes, mostly for China, and railing it to Port Botany.

CFCLA division CF Rail Services notes that the facility will also handle other commodities including scrap metal and fruit and vegetables.

While residents raised some concern about the additional traffic – 24 more semi-trailer loads a day on RMS estimates, with about five occurring during network peak periods – the facility would handle, most were concerned about methyl-bromide gas that would be used in fumigation.

Beyond that, RMS raised seven conditions for development consent and requested the council inform developers that its final consent was a separate matter from council approval.

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