New road and rail intermodal terminal on its way for Darling Downs

InterLinkSQ in Charlton, outside Toowoomba, is set to become the site of a $16.1 million road and rail intermodal terminal. Image: Inland Rail.

The Queensland Government is funding the construction of a new road and rail intermodal terminal at the InterLinkSQ freight and logistics hub in Charlton, outside Toowoomba.

The $16.1 million terminal will provide better facilities for firms to transfer freight between trucks and trains using multi-modal connectivity.

The project will be supported by the Queensland Government through $12.6 million in loan funding from the Queensland Jobs Fund. The proponent Interlink Global Logistics will contribute the remaining $3.5 million for the project.

InterlinkSQ will engage global shipping firm Seaway Intermodal to lease and operate the Terminal.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the project will support 36 construction jobs.

“Investing in productivity building infrastructure is a key part of the plan for economic recovery from COVID-19,” Mr Miles said.

“The first phase of developing the terminal will lead to lower transport costs and flow-on economic benefits to the transport and logistics sectors throughout the region and beyond.

“Local producers and exporters will be able to reduce transport-related costs, consolidate goods and then transport them in bulk by road or rail,” Mr Miles said.

Mr Miles said the scope of works to be undertaken includes new rail infrastructure, 1.7 hectares of hardstand for loading and unloading operations and container storage, entrance roads connecting to council’s road network, earthworks, electrical infrastructure, and office blocks.

“Continued development of the 63-hectare terminal over the next 15 years will provide space for cold storage, warehousing, food and manufacturing facilities, container hardstand areas, including development of 39 hectares for multi-purpose industrial use,” he said.

“When the project is completed, it is expected to support the development of a further 400 hectares of industrial zoned land beyond the InterlinkSQ development.”

“This land is strategically and conveniently located between the InterLinkSQ Intermodal Terminal Project site and the Warrego Highway/Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and will become a key distribution hub,” he said.

Interlink Global Logistics Chairman John Dornbusch said the loan co-investment of the State Government ensures that the strategically located InterLinkSQ intermodal terminal at Charlton will be constructed to benefit producers and logistics operators and create a legacy of jobs well into the future.

“The terminal will provide seamless connectivity to the Port of Brisbane via the existing Queensland Rail owned West Moreton Rail Line and will have in excess of three kilometres of frontage to the proposed Inland Rail alignment,” he said.

“Manager of the terminal, Seaway, are excited to offer new efficiencies in domestic and global logistics for our region and our State.

“The Building Acceleration Fund is a visionary initiative by the Queensland Government, and we look forward to working with them on this exciting development.”

The proponent expects to commence construction as early as the first quarter of 2022 with construction completion in the last quarter of 2022.

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