Inland rail gets federal budget win

PLANNING: The proposed route for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail. The line will pass through Kagaru where it will link with the Bromelton Development Area.

PLANNING: The proposed route for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail. The line will pass through Kagaru where it will link with the Bromelton Development Area.

An $8.4 billion commitment to bankroll the Inland Rail project is among the big ticket wins for Scenic Rim in this year's Federal Budget, according to Mayor Greg Christensen.

Cr Christensen said the rail project, linking Melbourne and Brisbane via an inland network comprising new and existing track, had cemented Bromelton's position as a nationally significant freight and logisitics hub.

"The Inland Rail route will intersect with the existing coastal interstate rail at the northern end of the Bromelton State Development Area, putting the Scenic Rim at the crossroads of rail freight connectivity east and west of the Great Divide," he said.

Cr Christensen said the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which will deliver the rail project, has bought large tracts of land within the Bromelton precinct, reflecting the strategic role the area will play in the future of freight and logistics.

"Importantly, we already have intermodal capacity at Bromelton thanks to the establishment of SCT Logistics' regional freight facility earlier this year," he said.

"We are continuing to advocate in partnership with other councils for improvements to the Mount Lindesay Highway corridor which services the southern growth corridor to Beaudesert."

Mr Buchholz said the investment in the Inland Rail project would expand markets for our local primary producers.

“It is one of the largest investments ever seen in regional Australia and will create local job opportunities.”

Mr Buchholz said the government would also set up a $472 million Regional Growth Fund which would deliver critical infrastructure to ensure the local area would not miss out on the nation’s success.

“I am pleased to see a continuing investment in our region through the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot Programs which aim to construct, repair, upgrade and improve the safety of our local roads.”

“Our local area will benefit from the Stronger Communities Program which funds capital projects in our local communities.”

Mr Buchholz said agriculture was a key driver locally and would be supported during the next 12 months.

“The commitment to establish a Regional Investment Corporation will streamline the delivery of up to $4 billion in concessional loans will benefit our local primary producers.”​

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