Collaborative Approach to Central Highlands’ Freight Task
13 October 2020 | From CHDC
New research is expected to bolster support for more road and rail upgrades in the Central Highlands to cut freight times and costs.
The Central Highlands Freight Task Analysis Survey has found close to 48 percent of respondents export goods and materials from the region and 62 percent import goods and materials to the region.
Furthermore, 51 percent of the exporters identified challenges with freight options including schedules, infrastructure and ineffective costs of small loads.
The survey was conducted in June 2020 by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) in conjunction with Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) and CQ Inland Port (CQIP).
The survey results will help build a case for further investment in infrastructure and services to provide for more cost effective and efficient supply chains.
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CQ Inland Port on course to fast-track grain and container freight
27 November 2019 | From Grain Central
THE Central Queensland Inland Port (CQIP) is beginning to take shape with the completion of earthworks and a 1.6-kilometre rail siding, and one of the key investors, GrainCorp, on track to have an $18.5-million grain handling facility ready for next year’s winter crop harvest.
Partially-funded by the local, state and federal governments, CQIP is a large-scale development on a former rural property adjoining the Capricorn Highway and Rockhampton-Longreach railway line at Yamala, 23 kilometres east of Emerald.
Media release - Inland port brings opportunities as construction nears completion
31 July 2019 | From CHRC
The first stage of the $9.5 million CQ Inland Port rail and road upgrade near Emerald is expected to be completed in early October.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes and CEO Scott Mason joined CQ Inland Port Managing Director Alan Stent-Smith for a site inspection this week.
‘Come October we expect to see the first stage complete,’ Mayor Hayes said.
‘This includes the rail siding, internal access roads and the Bonnie Doon intersection upgrades.
‘I look forward to the opportunities this site will bring to our region through space for industry and improved connectivity.’
CQ Inland Port Managing Director Alan Stent-Smith said he was looking forward to the next development stage.
‘The next stage includes setting up the intermodal operation that will reduce supply chain costs for imports and exports into the region, and identifying innovative alternatives for supplying energy to the facilities’ Mr Stent-Smith said.
He said the project would not have been possible without the good working relationships of various levels of government.
Council supported the project through a co-contribution of $695,000 towards infrastructure upgrades to the site, in partnership with the Queensland Government Building our Regions program, Australian Government and industry funding.