Hub wants re­im­burse­ment

In­terLinkSQ wants in­fra­struc­ture ‘trunk’

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Andrew Back­house andrew.back­house@ thechron­i­

THE devel­oper of a planned $235 mil­lion rail trans­fer hub has put in a re­quest with Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil that could ul­ti­mately see ratepay­ers foot the bill for in­fra­struc­ture re­quired for the project.

Freight Ter­mi­nals Trust, the com­pany be­hind mas­ter-planned lo­gis­tics, ware­hous­ing and in­dus­trial es­tate In­terLinkSQ, is ask­ing the coun­cil to con­vert in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing sew­ers, stormwa­ter drains and roads, to trunk in­fra­struc­ture.

That means the com­pany would be li­able for re­im­burse­ment from the Pri­or­ity In­fra­struc­ture Plan for in­fra­struc­ture it builds on site at Nass Rd, Charl­ton.

The coun­cil col­lects in­fra­struc­ture charges from de­vel­op­ers to pay for trunk in­fra­struc­ture.

The ap­pli­ca­tion will be as­sessed against cri­te­ria as the coun­cil con­sid­ers the re­quest.

In­terlinkSQ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michelle Reynolds said the de­vel­op­ment met the con­di­tions for trunk in­fra­struc­ture.

“It’s in­side the pri­or­ity in­fra­struc­ture area and the in­fra­struc­ture will not just ben­e­fit us, it ben­e­fits the en­tire north­ern side of the Toowoomba En­ter­prise Hub precinct.”

Ex­pen­sive up­grades have been com­pleted on the south­ern side of the de­vel­op­ment area in­clud­ing at O’Mara Rd and Ms Reynolds said the north­ern end had been largely ig­nored by the coun­cil.

She said more in­vest­ment was needed, given the area would help gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment.

“There is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of jobs that will be cre­ated by get­ting our precinct up and run­ning and on the north­ern side of War­rego (Hwy),” Ms Reynold said.

Doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil state: “Fol­low­ing ap­proval of this ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­se­quent agree­ments are to be reached with (the) coun­cil on the cost of these in­fra­struc­ture items and the fi­nan­cial ar­range­ments re­gard­ing re­funds, off­sets and cred­its to ap­pro­pri­ately man­age the pro­vi­sion and fund­ing of in­fra­struc­ture which per­forms trunk and non-trunk func­tions.”

The re­quest came as the com­pany re­leased new video show­ing the project in de­tail not seen be­fore.

The project is be­ing called the “in­land port of Aus­tralia” and Ms Reynolds said the new video showed it would be just that.

The project shows rows of freight con­tain­ers, cranes and si­los, sprawled over a vast area. Con­veys of trucks are seen nav­i­gat­ing a large road area and trains be­ing loaded with pro­duce.

Ms Reynolds said the project de­vel­op­ment team hoped the video would show the com­mu­nity the project.

“Now we have the abil­ity to bring it out and show other peo­ple what is about to start con­struc­tion.”

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