11 Jun Connecting Central Queensland to Global Markets
The recent budget has guaranteed further funding for Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP).
RJIP has delivered significant investment within Flynn with approximately $12 million committed for numerous projects throughout the region – growing local communities via job-creation projects with far-reaching economic benefits.
One such project is the CQ inland Port at Yamala, 25km east of Emerald;
The CQ Inland Port will be a 24/7 operation that receives and transfers freight from one transport mode to another – a central distribution point for primary producers from all over CQ to transfer their goods to a variety of transport modes to deliver their product to market in the best condition, and by the most economical method.
By taking more of the transport pressure off roads and on rail, it reduces the volume of heavy vehicles sharing our roads while complementing a substantial road to rail interface to move grain and other commodities to the Port of Gladstone. This ultimately reduces the impact on local roads between Emerald and the Port of Gladstone.
I had the pleasure of welcoming Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Dr John McVeigh to the site recently to tour the area which his portfolio is funding to the tune of $2.9 Million through RJIP.
Dr McVeigh was very pleased to see first-hand the site where the recent funding announcement, along with the work already achieved by the Central Highlands Regional Council will see the construction of the $5.8 million Central Queensland Intermodal Terminal and Industrial Access Road.