McCor­mack backs in­terLinkSQ

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Fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture min­is­ter sup­ports pro­posed Toowoomba hub

FED­ERAL IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack has made pub­lic his sup­port for the pro­posed Queens­land in­ter­modal trans­port and lo­gis­tics hub In­terLinkSQ. McCor­mack made what the hub firm de­scribes as a sur­prise visit to the site, 13km west of Toowoomba, when vis­it­ing the re­gion with fed­eral re­gional devel­op­ment min­is­ter and lo­cal MP John McVeigh.

“We only had short no­tice that the act­ing prime min­is­ter was com­ing to the re­gion and we are thrilled that he chose to visit out site,” In­terLinkSQ gen­eral man­ager Blair Batts says.

“To have him say that it was an ex­cit­ing project is a real boost to us with so much else go­ing on as we pre­pare for the com­ple­tion of the tun­nel-low­er­ing be­tween Toowoomba and Bris­bane.

“The recognition of the Min­is­ter for Re­gional Devel­op­ment, John McVeigh, of the need to sup­port the fast track­ing of the Toowoomba to Port of Bris­bane Port Rail Shut­tle is cru­cial to the shift­ing of freight off in­creas­ingly con­gested roads and on to rail.

“This links closely with the re­cent an­nounce­ment of fund­ing by the Fed­eral Govern­ment of a $1.5 mil­lion study that will ex­am­ine ways to en­hance freight rail con­nec­tions to the Port of Bris­bane.

“There has al­ready been multi-mil­lion­dol­lar in­vest­ment in NSW and Vic­to­ria to pro­vide the early devel­op­ment of port shut­tles and we look for­ward to sim­i­lar in­vest­ments in Queens­land by both the Com­mon­wealth and State gov­ern­ments.

“Clearly rail has to play its part in the fu­ture of freight trans­port on the ‘eastern seaboard’, work­ing closely with road trans­port to fa­cil­i­tate the path of least re­sis­tance in the freight sup­ply chain.”

McCor­mack was there to also view planned flood mit­i­ga­tion works in re­sponse to the dis­as­trous 2011 floods along with the ac­ci­dent-prone Toowoomba Sec­ond Range Cross­ing project, where the New Eng­land High­way is due to be dis­rupted next month due to drilling work.

John McVeigh, Michael McCor­mack, Blair Batts, GM In­terLinkSQ, John Dorn­busch, Di­rec­tor,

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