IN FOR LONG HAUL
THE proponents of a $ 30 million freight facility project at Cloncurry say it will boost the use of rail and provide billions of dollars’ worth of transport efficiencies to grow industry.
Queensland company Grand Central Industries is proposing the MultiUse Rail Load- Out Facility over about 330ha of land.
It will develop a rail spur into the site from the Great Northern Line to handle trains up to 1000m long, pro- vide rail and truck loading and unloading facilities, build a road intersection with the Flinders Highway and develop a storage area for containerised freight and commodities.
Grand Central Industries CEO Josip Obajdin said the project would employ 62 people at Cloncurry and was expected to deliver huge savings and economic benefits to industry, government and local communities by improving the efficiency of a supply chain worth $ 13 billion a year.
He said forecast benefits included increasing the capacity of the Great Northern Line between Mount Isa and Townsville by 2.1 million tonnes a year and reduce costs associated with the haulage of bulk goods by road.
“It may be described as an inland version of Singapore, where the intermodal terminal is anticipated to act as a gateway to international markets as part of a complete supply chain which includes the Port of Townsville,” Mr Obajdin said.
Grand Central Industries hoped to begin construction before mid- 2019.
Cloncurry Shire Mayor Greg Campbell said the proposal cemented Cloncurry as the inland port for the Carpentaria minerals province.
“I think it has huge potential to draw a lot more freight, which historically has been on rail, back to rail,” Cr Campbell said.
State MP Robbie Katter said anything that introduced more competition to the rail line was welcome but that the State Government still needed to reduce freight prices for the transport of bulk commodities by rail.