$30M freight terminal on track for 1000 jobs
CONSTRUCTION of a new intermodal freight terminal at Bromelton is on track, with the $30 million project set to create up to 1000 jobs in the Scenic Rim.
The SCT Logistics' regional freight facility located on the 130-hectare site located about six kilometers west of Beaudesert, is set to open on January 15 next year.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen joined SCT Logistics executive chairman Peter Smith and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz at the Bromelton site to mark the start of construction, which will be delivered by Beaudesert-based civil contractor Trade Alliance Pty Ltd.
Cr Christensen said the facility would be an important economic driver for the region, beginning with the creation of 150 jobs in construction, more than 120 full time jobs once the site is operational in 2017 and eventually leading to 1000 jobs once the project is complete.
"This is a great outcome and I commend this national company for choosing local for this major construction project," he said.
SCT Logistics will jointly fund the project alongside the Scenic Rim Regional Council, which received a $9.6 million grant under the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.
"I expect there will be significant flow-on benefits for other sectors of our regional economy, particularly primary producers and agribusiness seeking to get product to market," Cr Christensen said.
"Ultimately, this project is not only a boon for Bromelton and Beaudesert, but will provide opportunities for all our communities, from Aratula in the west to Tamborine Mountain in the east."
Cr Christensen said he was committed to delivering a better future for the Scenic Rim community and creating sustainable jobs in the Boonah and surrounding regions.
"I want to create sustainable employment and economic opportunities for our residents and business operators across a range of industries by encouraging appropriate development in our region," he said.
"In this case, we have Australia's largest privately owned rail company, which provides logistics solutions for intrastate, national and export markets, seeking to establish a world-class freight facility right here in Scenic Rim.
"This is a big win for Scenic Rim and to the team at SCT Logistics, I say welcome aboard."
Mr Buchholz said the project would benefit the region's young people looking for work.
"We're sick of the disadvantage facing our youth locally.
"We're sick of having 16.6% youth unemployment, one of the highest levels state-wide, and we're sick of having lower than the national average in terms of education and skills," he said.
"It's time for jobs.
"it's time for growth and it's time for economic prosperity for this region - that is why the Federal Government has invested $9.6 million to make this game-changing project happen.
"This project is at the heart and centre of a region which relies on freight to get our local goods - particularly our world-renowned fresh produce - to market."
Construction will begin on Monday.