Jun 21, 2013

New freight terminal to create jobs in South Australia

A new intermodal freight terminal will be established in Penfield, South Australia which will create hundreds of jobs, take trucks off local roads and cut transport costs for the state’s businesses.

The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute $7 million towards the project which will make freight handling and transfer more efficient and cater for South Australia’s freight task which will almost double by 2030.

Key features of the $16.3 million intermodal freight terminal include:

  • Rail container area expansion with capacity to store 30,000 containers and an additional 750,000 payload tonnes of freight;
  • 1km rail track;
  • Road infrastructure to enable access to B Double trucks at the site;
  • Support infrastructure, including an electrical substation, relocation of a fibre optical cable and work to support a gas pipeline; and
  • Drainage and storm water infrastructure to support further investment

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Anthony Albanese said Adelaide not only generates significant amounts of intermodal freight in its own right, but also functions as an important marshalling and freight consolidation point between Melbourne and Perth.

“Boosting rail freight’s role in moving goods through South Australia will improve the state’s productivity and provide better access for industry to key markets on the eastern and western seaboards. It will connect the state’s wine, food processing, mining and manufacturing sectors with new export markets,” he said.

“The new intermodal will also make the state a much more attractive place to invest, providing opportunities for other national and regional distribution centres to be located on site in Adelaide.”

The Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion congratulated the City of Playford and the Australasian Railway Association on their successful application which was endorsed by the Adelaide Regional Development Australia (RDA).

“It is another example of the Federal Government, local councils and private enterprise working together to provide important infrastructure and jobs to the community,” he said.

This project will inject $60 million annually into the local economy and generate 50 local jobs during construction and provide up to 350 jobs when operational.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-next year.

Funding for this project is provided to the Australasian Railway Association under the Regional Development Australia Fund. 

More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au