Rail ter­mi­nal re­ceives visit from min­is­ter

South Waikato News - - What’s On - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Toko­roa’s lat­est suc­cess story re­ceived a min­is­te­rial visit high­light­ing the fu­ture growth of the district.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil and RJ Lin­coln hosted a visit for Hon Si­mon Bridges and the Hon Louise Up­ston to the Toko­roa Road Rail Ter­mi­nal re­cently.

Gavin O’donoghue, man­ager of RJ Lin­coln, said fur­ther de­vel­op­ments were in the pipe­line to fur­ther grow this ini­tia­tive.

‘‘The ben­e­fits of the ter­mi­nal that is fast putting Toko­roa on the map as an in­land port are al­ready be­ing seen with a re­duc­tion of truck con­ges­tion in Tau­ranga,’’ he said.

The new ter­mi­nal has seen around 2,000 con­tain­ers through the line since it started six months ago.

Two ad­di­tional full time jobs and 12 ca­sual jobs have been cre­ated.

O’donoghue and part­ners ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to speak di­rect with Si­mon Bridges on paving a smoother way for­ward for more pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships to de­velop and be­come suc­cess­ful.

‘‘I can see that this in­ter-model ap­proach has huge ben­e­fits go­ing for­ward,’’ Bridges said.

Ray­mond Lin­coln, Gavin O’donoghue and South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair were thrilled to show Si­mon Bridges (sec­ond left) Toko­roa’s lat­est de­vel­op­ment.

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