THE biggest development in the Scenic Rim’s history starts next month.
After 40 years of setbacks and false promises, the first major project at the Bromelton industrial estate will start in March.
Haulage company SCT Logistics announced on Wednesday it would start building its $30 million inter-modal freight terminal in March with completion set for early 2017.
SCT Logistics expect the initial stages of the project to create at least 150 in construction and about 120 jobs by the time it begins operation next year.
The freight terminal will be on a 130-hectare parcel of former grazing land beside Beaudesert-Boonah Road at Bromelton, adjacent to the Beaudesert cattle sale yards.
SCT Logistics property general manager Michael Zerbst said the rail yard would initially cater for three rail services each week.
“We’re halfway through our tender process with the view of starting on site at the end of March,” he said.
“At this stage everything is on target and it’s looming as a very exciting project for us.”
Mr Zerbst said SCT Logistics was keen to hire local workers in construction and service roles and would work closely with local industry and businesses as the project developed.
The initial stage will include a 300 metre-long, 9000 square metre shed with an internal rail line and a 200 metre long container area which allows for containers stacked three high.
A total of 7.6 kilometres of rail track will be built and trains initially using the facility will be about 1.5 kilometres in length.
Eventually, SCT Logistics wants to handle trains 2.5 kilometres long.
The Bromelton facility will link up with SCT operations in Wodonga in Melbourne and Parkes in New South Wales.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said the facility was the biggest development in the region’s history.
“It’s had a long gestation but it’s here, the baby is delivered. For our community this is the beginning of a brand new jobs’ creation centre,” he said.
“This is a sleeping giant and it’s finally been awoken. The opportunity to partner with a company like SCT, a family owned company, is exceptional.”
Cr Brent said the freight terminal was a world-class development and was in sync with the initial vision of the Bromelton State Development Area, declared by the State Government in 2008.