THE SCT Logistics freight hub at Bromelton was officially opened on Wednesday by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Member for Wright Scott Buchholz and SCT Logistics managing director Geoff Smith.
The opening comes seven months after the freight hub received its first cargo.
In opening the multi-million dollar facility, Mr Joyce said the project formed part of the federal government’s $8.4 billion inland rail strategy, which included funding for a feasibility study into a track connecting Toowoomba with Gladstone.
He said joint public and private investment into freight rail meant jobs for regional Australians.
“This is what we like to see in our nation, the construction of things – the construction of things that are tactile,” he said.
“This makes our nation stronger and better.”
The opening was also attended by SCT Logistic staff and contractors, Australian Rail Track Corporation chief executive officer John Fullerton, Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Glenn Butcher, Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen and several councillors.
In addressing the gathering, Mr Buchholz said the Scenic Rim and other regional areas would benefit from the project, with local producers also able to operate more competitively thanks to better supplier to market efficiency.
“This precinct is the cornerstone of our local community, boosting our economy and creating local jobs,” he said.
“The project has created 150 jobs during construction and another 125 ongoing jobs, many of which are local.
“With such diverse local produce, local consumers have already won and the Inland Rail will improve our local farmers’ and growers’ access to interstate markets and the world beyond.”
Mr Buchholz said the establishment of the precinct was a major credit to all involved.
SCT Logistics company director Geoff Smith said the Bromelton hub was the most efficient out of its seven, with the ability for 3 kilometre long, double stacked trains to be received.
He said SCT Logistics had invested about $130 million into bringing the project into fruition and connecting to the south-north line.
Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said the purpose-built facility connecting rail and road freight was a game changer for the regional economy and the growth of the Bromelton State Development Area.